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1 Peter 2:3-13 (New American Standard)

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3 if you have 1tasted a2the kindness of the Lord.

As Living Stones

4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been 3rejected by men, but is bchoice and precious in the sight of God, 5 4you also, as living stones, care being built up as a 5spiritual house for a holy 6priesthood, to 7offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in dScripture: "8BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A 9PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN eHIM WILL NOT BE fDISAPPOINTED." 7 10This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "11THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS 12REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," 8 and, "13A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 14for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 15and to this doom they were also appointed. 9 But you are 16A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 17PRIESTHOOD, A 18HOLY NATION, 19A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 20out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 21for 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 22Beloved, 23I urge you as 24aliens and strangers to abstain from 25fleshly lusts which wage 26war against the soul. 12 27Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 28slander you as evildoers, they may gbecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 29glorify God 30in the day of hvisitation.

Honor Authority

13 31Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
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