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1 Peter 2:8-18 (Lexham English Bible)

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8 and "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense," who stumble [because they] disobey the word to which also they were consigned. 9 But you [are] a chosen race,a a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for [God's] possession, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light, 10 who once [were] not a people, but now [are] the people of God, the ones [who were] not shown mercy, but now are shown mercy.b 11 Dear friends, I urge [you] as foreigners and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires which wage war against yourc soul, 12 maintaining your good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in [the things] in which they slander you as evildoers, by seeing your good deeds they may glorify God on the day of visitation.

Submission to Established Authority

13 Subject yourselves to every human authority for the sake of the Lord, whether to a kingd as having supreme authority, 14 or to governors as those sent out by him for the punishment of those who do evil and the praise of those who do good. 15 For the will of God is as follows: [by]e doing good to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 [Live] as free [persons], and not using yourf freedom as a covering for evil, but as slaves of God. 17 Honor all [people], love the community of believers, fear God, honor the king.g 18 Domestic slaves, be subject to yourh masters with all respect, not only to those [who are] good and gentle, but also to those [who are] unjust.
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