For this is contained in aScripture: "1BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A 2PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN bHIM WILL NOT BE cDISAPPOINTED."
73Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "4THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS5REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
and, "6A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 7for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 8and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 9A CHOSENRACE, A royal10PRIESTHOOD, A 11HOLYNATION, 12A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 13out of darkness into His marvelouslight;
1014for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1115Beloved, 16I urge you as 17aliens and strangers to abstain from 18fleshlylustswhichwage19waragainst the soul.
1220Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 21slander you as evildoers, they may dbecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 22glorifyGod23in the day of evisitation.
1324Submit yourselves for the Lord'ssake to everyhumaninstitution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14or to governors as sentfby him 25for the punishment of evildoers and the 26praise of those who doright.
For g27such is the will of God that by doingright you may 28silence the ignorance of foolishmen.
Act as 29freemen, and hdo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 30bondslaves of God.