Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings,
As new-born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
If indeed ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.
To whom coming [as to] a living stone, disallowed indeed by men, but chosen by God, [and] precious,
Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
To you therefore who believe [he is] precious: but to them 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 them] who stumble at the word, being disobedient: to 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: