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

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2 1like newborn babies, long for the a2pure bmilk of the word, so that by it you may 3grow cin respect to salvation, 3 if you have 4tasted d5the kindness of the Lord.

As Living Stones

4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been 6rejected by men, but is echoice and precious in the sight of God, 5 7you also, as living stones, fare being built up as a 8spiritual house for a holy 9priesthood, to 10offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in gScripture: "11BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A 12PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN hHIM WILL NOT BE iDISAPPOINTED." 7 13This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "14THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS 15REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," 8 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 also appointed. 9 But you are 19A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 20PRIESTHOOD, A 21HOLY NATION, 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 marvelous light; 10 24for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. 11 25Beloved, 26I urge you as 27aliens and strangers to abstain from 28fleshly lusts which wage 29war against the soul. 12 30Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 31slander you as evildoers, they may jbecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 32glorify God 33in the day of kvisitation.
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