1 Peter 2:11-17

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,
14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

Cross References 16

  • 1. S 1 Corinthians 10:14
  • 2. S Hebrews 11:13
  • 3. Romans 13:14; Galatians 5:16
  • 4. James 4:1
  • 5. Philippians 2:15; Titus 2:8; S Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 3:16
  • 6. S Matthew 5:16; Matthew 9:8
  • 7. Romans 13:1; Titus 3:1
  • 8. Romans 13:4
  • 9. Romans 13:3
  • 10. 1 Peter 3:17; 1 Peter 4:19
  • 11. S ver 12
  • 12. S John 8:32
  • 13. Galatians 5:13
  • 14. S Romans 6:22
  • 15. S Romans 12:10
  • 16. Proverbs 24:21; Romans 13:7
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