1 Peter 2 TNIV

1 Therefore, rid yourselves1 of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander2 of every kind.

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2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,3 so that by it you may grow up4 in your salvation,

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3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.5

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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone6--rejected by human beings but chosen by God7 and precious to him--

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5 you also, like living stones, are being built8 into a spiritual housea9 to be a holy priesthood,10 offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.11

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    • a 2:5 - Or "into a temple of the Spirit"
      6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,12 and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."b13

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      7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,14 "The stone the builders rejected15 has become the cornerstone,"c16

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        • c 2:7 - Psalm 118:22
          8 and, "A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."d17 They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.18

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          9 But you are a chosen people,19 a royal priesthood,20 a holy nation,21 God's special possession,22 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.23

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          10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;24 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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          Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

          11 Dear friends,25 I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,26 to abstain from sinful desires,27 which war against your soul.28

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          12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds29 and glorify God30 on the day he visits us.

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          13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority:31 whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,

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          14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong32 and to commend those who do right.33

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          15 For it is God's will34 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of the foolish.35

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              16 Live as free people,36 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;37 live as God's slaves.38

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              17 Show proper respect to everyone, love your fellow believers,39 fear God, honor the emperor.40

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              18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,41 not only to those who are good and considerate,42 but also to those who are harsh.

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              19 For it is commendable if you bear up under the pain of unjust suffering because you are conscious of God.43

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              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.44

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              21 To this45 you were called,46 because Christ suffered for you,47 leaving you an example,48 that you should follow in his steps.

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              22 "He committed no sin,49 and no deceit was found in his mouth."e50

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                • e 2:22 - Isaiah 53:9
                  23 When they hurled their insults at him,51 he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.52 Instead, he entrusted himself53 to him who judges justly.54

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                  24 "He himself bore our sins"55 in his body on the cross,56 so that we might die to sins57 and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."58

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                  25 For "you were like sheep going astray,"f59 but now you have returned to the Shepherd60 and Overseer of your souls.61

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                    • f 2:25 - ,25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)