1 Peter 2:12-22 (New American Standard)

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12 1Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 2slander you as evildoers, they may abecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 3glorify God 4in the day of bvisitation.

Honor Authority

13 5Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent cby him 6for the punishment of evildoers and the 7praise of those who do right. 15 For d8such is the will of God that by doing right you may 9silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as 10free men, and edo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 11bondslaves of God. 17 12Honor all people, 13love the brotherhood, 14fear God, 15honor the fking. 18 16Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and 17gentle, but also to those who are gunreasonable. 19 For this finds hfavor, if for the sake of 18conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience ? But if 19when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds ifavor with God.

Christ Is Our Example

21 For 20you have been called for this purpose, 21since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you 22an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 WHO 23COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH ;
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