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1 Peter 2:13-23 (New American Standard)

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Honor Authority

13 1Submit 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 aby him 2for the punishment of evildoers and the 3praise of those who do right. 15 For b4such is the will of God that by doing right you may 5silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as 6free men, and cdo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 7bondslaves of God. 17 8Honor all people, 9love the brotherhood, 10fear God, 11honor the dking. 18 12Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and 13gentle, but also to those who are eunreasonable. 19 For this finds ffavor, if for the sake of 14conscience 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 15when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds gfavor with God.

Christ Is Our Example

21 For 16you have been called for this purpose, 17since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you 18an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 WHO 19COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; 23 hand while being 20reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
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