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1 So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
2 You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness. 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God's temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him. 4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--
5 And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What's more, you are God's holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ. 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 As the Scriptures express it, "I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed. " 6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
7 Yes, he is very precious to you who believe. But for those who reject him, "The stone that was rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone." 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone, "
8 And the Scriptures also say, "He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that will make them fall." They stumble because they do not listen to God's word or obey it, and so they meet the fate that has been planned for them. 8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
10 "Once you were not a people; now you are the people of God. Once you received none of God's mercy; now you have received his mercy." 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here. So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
12 Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 For the Lord's sake, accept all authority -- the king as head of state, 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,
14 and the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish all who do wrong and to honor those who do right. 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
15 It is God's will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you. 15 For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
16 You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God's slaves. 16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
17 Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king. 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
18 You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters. Do whatever they tell you -- not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are harsh. 18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
19 For God is pleased with you when, for the sake of your conscience, you patiently endure unfair treatment. 19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is pleased with you. 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
21 This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22 He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone. 22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
24 He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds! 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
25 Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.