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1 Peter 2:4-12

As Living Stones

4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been 1rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,
6 For this is contained in Scripture: "6BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A 7PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
7 8This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "9THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS 10REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,"
8 and, "11A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 12for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 13and to this doom they were also appointed.
9 But you are 14A CHOSEN RACE, A royal 15PRIESTHOOD, A 16HOLY NATION, 17A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 18out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 19for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
12 25Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 26slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, 27glorify God 28in the day of visitation.