Unto you therefore who believe, He is precious; but unto those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,"
and, "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense," even to those who stumble at the Word, being disobedient, unto which also they were appointed.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
In times past ye were not a people, but are now the people of God; who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
having your way of life honest among the Gentiles, that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether it be to the king as supreme,
or unto governors as unto those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do well.
For so is the will of God, that with welldoing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men"
as free, and not using your liberty as a cloak for maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.