1Therefore, 1puttingasideallamalice and alldeceit and bhypocrisy and cenvy and alld2slander,
23likenewbornbabies, long for the e4purefmilk of the word, so that by it you may 5growgin respect to salvation,
3if you have 6tastedh7the kindness of the Lord.
And coming to Him as to a livingstone which has been 8rejected by men, but is ichoice and precious in the sight of God,
59you also, as livingstones, jare being built up as a 10spiritualhouse for a holy11priesthood, to 12offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist.
For this is contained in kScripture : "13BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A 14PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN lHIM WILL NOT BE mDISAPPOINTED."
715Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe ; but for those who disbelieve, "16THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS17REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
and, "18A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 19for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 20and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 21A CHOSENRACE, A royal22PRIESTHOOD, A 23HOLYNATION, 24A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 25out of darkness into His marvelouslight ;
1026for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD ; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1127Beloved, 28I urge you as 29aliens and strangers to abstain from 30fleshlylustswhichwage31waragainst the soul.