And coming to Him as to a livingstone which has been 6rejected by men, but is echoice and precious in the sight of God,
57you also, as livingstones, fare being built up as a 8spiritualhouse for a holy9priesthood, to 10offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist.
For this is contained in gScripture : "11BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A 12PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN hHIM WILL NOT BE iDISAPPOINTED."
713Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe ; but for those who disbelieve, "14THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS15REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
and, "16A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 17for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 18and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 19A CHOSENRACE, A royal20PRIESTHOOD, A 21HOLYNATION, 22A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 23out of darkness into His marvelouslight ;
1024for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD ; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1125Beloved, 26I urge you as 27aliens and strangers to abstain from 28fleshlylustswhichwage29waragainst the soul.
1230Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 31slander you as evildoers, they may jbecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 32glorifyGod33in the day of kvisitation.