Having put aside, then, all evil, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envyings, and all evil speakings,
as new-born babes the word's pure milk desire ye, that in it ye may grow,
if so be ye did taste that the Lord [is] gracious,
to whom coming -- a living stone -- by men, indeed, having been disapproved of, but with God choice, precious,
and ye yourselves, as living stones, are built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Wherefore, also, it is contained in the Writing: `Lo, I lay in Zion a chief corner-stone, choice, precious, and he who is believing on him may not be put to shame;'
to you, then, who are believing [is] the preciousness; and to the unbelieving, a stone that the builders disapproved of, this one did become for the head of a corner,
and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence -- who are stumbling at the word, being unbelieving, -- to which also they were set;
and ye [are] a choice race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired, that the excellences ye may shew forth of Him who out of darkness did call you to His wondrous light;