1 Peter 2:7-17 (New American Standard)

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7 1This precious value, then, is for you who believe ; but for those who disbelieve, "2THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS 3REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," 8 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 also appointed. 9 But you are 7A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 8PRIESTHOOD, A 9HOLY NATION, 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 marvelous light ; 10 12for 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 13Beloved, 14I urge you as 15aliens and strangers to abstain from 16fleshly lusts which wage 17war against the soul. 12 18Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 19slander you as evildoers, they may abecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 20glorify God 21in the day of bvisitation.

Honor Authority

13 22Submit 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 cby him 23for the punishment of evildoers and the 24praise of those who do right. 15 For d25such is the will of God that by doing right you may 26silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as 27free men, and edo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 28bondslaves of God. 17 29Honor all people, 30love the brotherhood, 31fear God, 32honor the fking.
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