And coming to Him as to a livingstone which has been 3rejected by men, but is bchoice and precious in the sight of God,
54you also, as livingstones, care being built up as a 5spiritualhouse for a holy6priesthood, to 7offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist.
For this is contained in dScripture : "8BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A 9PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN eHIM WILL NOT BE fDISAPPOINTED."
710Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe ; but for those who disbelieve, "11THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS12REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
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 alsoappointed.
But you are 16A CHOSENRACE, A royal17PRIESTHOOD, A 18HOLYNATION, 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 marvelouslight ;
1021for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD ; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1122Beloved, 23I urge you as 24aliens and strangers to abstain from 25fleshlylustswhichwage26waragainst the soul.
1227Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 28slander you as evildoers, they may gbecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 29glorifyGod30in the day of hvisitation.