and, "1A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 2for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 3and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 4A CHOSENRACE, A royal5PRIESTHOOD, A 6HOLYNATION, 7A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 8out of darkness into His marvelouslight;
109for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1110Beloved, 11I urge you as 12aliens and strangers to abstain from 13fleshlylustswhichwage14waragainst the soul.
1215Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 16slander you as evildoers, they may abecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 17glorifyGod18in the day of bvisitation.
1319Submit yourselves for the Lord'ssake to everyhumaninstitution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14or to governors as sentcby him 20for the punishment of evildoers and the 21praise of those who doright.
For d22such is the will of God that by doingright you may 23silence the ignorance of foolishmen.
Act as 24freemen, and edo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 25bondslaves of God.
1726Honorallpeople, 27love the brotherhood, 28fearGod, 29honor the fking.
1830Servants, be submissive to your masters with allrespect, not only to those who are good and 31gentle, but also to those who are gunreasonable.