51you also, as livingstones, aare being built up as a 2spiritualhouse for a holy3priesthood, to 4offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist.
For this is contained in bScripture : "5BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A 6PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN cHIM WILL NOT BE dDISAPPOINTED."
77Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe ; but for those who disbelieve, "8THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS9REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
and, "10A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 11for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 12and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 13A CHOSENRACE, A royal14PRIESTHOOD, A 15HOLYNATION, 16A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 17out of darkness into His marvelouslight ;
1018for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD ; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1119Beloved, 20I urge you as 21aliens and strangers to abstain from 22fleshlylustswhichwage23waragainst the soul.
1224Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 25slander you as evildoers, they may ebecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 26glorifyGod27in the day of fvisitation.
1328Submit yourselves for the Lord'ssake to everyhumaninstitution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14or to governors as sentgby him 29for the punishment of evildoers and the 30praise of those who doright.
For h31such is the will of God that by doingright you may 32silence the ignorance of foolishmen.