and the stone of hurting, and the stone of stumbling, to them that offend to the word, neither believe it, in which they be set. [+and the stone of hurting, and the stone of offence, to them that offend by word, neither believe, in which and they be put.]
But ye be a chosen kin, a kingly priesthood, holy folk, a people of purchasing, that ye tell the virtues of him, that called you from darknesses into his wonderful light.
Which sometime were not a people of God, but now ye be the people of God; which had not mercy, but now ye have mercy.
Most dear, I beseech you, as comelings and pilgrims, to abstain you from fleshly desires, that fight against the soul;
and have ye your conversation good among heathen men [having your conversation, or life, good among heathen men], that in that thing that they backbite of you, as of misdoers, they behold you of good works, and glorify God in the day of visitation.
Be ye subject to each creature of man, for God; either to the king, as to him that is higher in state [as precellent, or more worthy in state],
either to dukes, as to those that be sent of him to the vengeance of misdoers, and to the praising of good men [forsooth to the praising of good deeds, or good men].
For so is the will of God, that ye do well, and make the unknowingness of unprudent men to be dumb. [For so is the will of God, that ye doing well, make the unknowingness of unwise men to be dumb.]
As free men, and not as having freedom the covering of malice, but as the servants of God.
Honour ye all men, love ye brotherhood, dread ye God, honour ye the king.
Servants, be ye subject in all dread to lords, not only to good and to mild [not only to good and mild], but also to tyrants.