1 Peter 2:6-16 (New American Standard)

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6 For this is contained in aScripture: "1BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A 2PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN bHIM WILL NOT BE cDISAPPOINTED." 7 3This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "4THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS 5REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," 8 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 also appointed. 9 But you are 9A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 10PRIESTHOOD, A 11HOLY NATION, 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 marvelous light; 10 14for 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 15Beloved, 16I urge you as 17aliens and strangers to abstain from 18fleshly lusts which wage 19war against the soul. 12 20Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 21slander you as evildoers, they may dbecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 22glorify God 23in the day of evisitation.

Honor Authority

13 24Submit 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 fby him 25for the punishment of evildoers and the 26praise of those who do right. 15 For g27such is the will of God that by doing right you may 28silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as 29free men, and hdo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 30bondslaves of God.
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