1 Peter 2:8-18 TNIV

8 and, "A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."a1 They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.2

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9 But you are a chosen people,3 a royal priesthood,4 a holy nation,5 God's special possession,6 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.7

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10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;8 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,9 I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,10 to abstain from sinful desires,11 which war against your soul.12

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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 deeds13 and glorify God14 on the day he visits us.

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13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority:15 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 wrong16 and to commend those who do right.17

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15 For it is God's will18 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of the foolish.19

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      16 Live as free people,20 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;21 live as God's slaves.22

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      17 Show proper respect to everyone, love your fellow believers,23 fear God, honor the emperor.24

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      18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,25 not only to those who are good and considerate,26 but also to those who are harsh.

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