1 Peter 2:11-25 (Today's New International Version)

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Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends,1 I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,2 to abstain from sinful desires,3 which war against your soul.4 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds5 and glorify God6 on the day he visits us. 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority:7 whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong8 and to commend those who do right.9 15 For it is God's will10 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of the foolish.11 16 Live as free people,12 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;13 live as God's slaves.14 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love your fellow believers,15 fear God, honor the emperor.16 18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,17 not only to those who are good and considerate,18 but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if you bear up under the pain of unjust suffering because you are conscious of God.19 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.20 21 To this21 you were called,22 because Christ suffered for you,23 leaving you an example,24 that you should follow in his steps. 22 "He committed no sin,25 and no deceit was found in his mouth."a26 23 When they hurled their insults at him,27 he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.28 Instead, he entrusted himself29 to him who judges justly.30 24 "He himself bore our sins"31 in his body on the cross,32 so that we might die to sins33 and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."34 25 For "you were like sheep going astray,"b35 but now you have returned to the Shepherd36 and Overseer of your souls.37
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