71Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "2THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS3REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
and, "4A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 5for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 6and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 7A CHOSENRACE, A royal8PRIESTHOOD, A 9HOLYNATION, 10A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 11out of darkness into His marvelouslight;
1012for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1113Beloved, 14I urge you as 15aliens and strangers to abstain from 16fleshlylustswhichwage17waragainst the soul.
1218Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 19slander you as evildoers, they may abecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 20glorifyGod21in the day of bvisitation.
1322Submit yourselves for the Lord'ssake to everyhumaninstitution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14or to governors as sentcby him 23for the punishment of evildoers and the 24praise of those who doright.
For d25such is the will of God that by doingright you may 26silence the ignorance of foolishmen.
Act as 27freemen, and edo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 28bondslaves of God.
1729Honorallpeople, 30love the brotherhood, 31fearGod, 32honor the fking.