and "a Stone for the foot to strike against, and a Rock to stumble over." Their foot strikes against it because they are disobedient to God's Message, and to this they were appointed.
But you are a chosen race, a priesthood of kingly lineage, a holy nation, a people belonging specially to God, that you may make known the perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not found mercy, but now you have.
Dear friends, I entreat you as pilgrims and foreigners not to indulge the cravings of your lower natures: for all such cravings wage war upon the soul.
Live honourable lives among the Gentiles, in order that, although they now speak against you as evil-doers, they may yet witness your good conduct, and may glorify God on the day of reward and retribution.
Submit, for the Lord's sake, to every authority set up by man, whether it be to the Emperor as supreme ruler,
or to provincial Governors as sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers and the encouragement of those who do what is right.
For it is God's will that by doing what is right you should thus silence the ignorant talk of foolish persons.
Be free men, and yet do not make your freedom an excuse for base conduct, but be God's bondservants.
Honour every one. Love the brotherhood, fear God, honour the Emperor.
Household servants, be submissive to your masters, and show them the utmost respect--not only if they are kind and thoughtful, but also if they are unreasonable.