Wherefore laying away all malice and all guile and dissimulations and envies and all detractions,
As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation:
If so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
Unto whom coming, as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men but chosen and made honourable by God:
Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him shall not be confounded.
To you therefore that believe, he is honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
And a stone of stumbling and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set.
But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: