1 Peter 2:1-9 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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