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;
who [were] once not a people, and [are] now the people of God; who had not found kindness, and now have found kindness.
Beloved, I call upon [you], as strangers and sojourners, to keep from the fleshly desires, that war against the soul,
having your behaviour among the nations right, that in that which they speak against you as evil-doers, of the good works having beheld, they may glorify God in a day of inspection.
Be subject, then, to every human creation, because of the Lord, whether to a king, as the highest,
whether to governors, as to those sent through him, for punishment, indeed, of evil-doers, and a praise of those doing good;
because, so is the will of God, doing good, to put to silence the ignorance of the foolish men;
as free, and not having the freedom as the cloak of the evil, but as servants of God;
to all give ye honour; the brotherhood love ye; God fear ye; the king honour ye.
The domestics! be subjecting yourselves in all fear to the masters, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the cross;