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1 Peter 2:8-18 (New American Standard)

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8 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 also appointed. 9 But you are 4A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 5PRIESTHOOD, A 6HOLY NATION, 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 marvelous light; 10 9for 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 10Beloved, 11I urge you as 12aliens and strangers to abstain from 13fleshly lusts which wage 14war against the soul. 12 15Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 16slander you as evildoers, they may abecause of your good deeds, as they observe them, 17glorify God 18in the day of bvisitation.

Honor Authority

13 19Submit 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 20for the punishment of evildoers and the 21praise of those who do right. 15 For d22such is the will of God that by doing right you may 23silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as 24free men, and edo not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as 25bondslaves of God. 17 26Honor all people, 27love the brotherhood, 28fear God, 29honor the fking. 18 30Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and 31gentle, but also to those who are gunreasonable.
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