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1 Peter 2:5-15 (New American Standard)

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5 1you also, as living stones, aare being built up as a 2spiritual house for a holy 3priesthood, to 4offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in bScripture: "5BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A 6PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN cHIM WILL NOT BE dDISAPPOINTED." 7 7This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "8THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS 9REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," 8 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 also appointed. 9 But you are 13A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 14PRIESTHOOD, A 15HOLY NATION, 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 marvelous light; 10 18for 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 19Beloved, 20I urge you as 21aliens and strangers to abstain from 22fleshly lusts which wage 23war against the soul. 12 24Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 25slander you as evildoers, they may ebecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 26glorify God 27in the day of fvisitation.

Honor Authority

13 28Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent gby him 29for the punishment of evildoers and the 30praise of those who do right. 15 For h31such is the will of God that by doing right you may 32silence the ignorance of foolish men.
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