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  • 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

  • 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

  • 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

  • 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

  • 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,

  • 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you.

  • 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

  • 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

  • 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

  • 4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—

  • 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

  • 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

  • 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”

  • 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

  • 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

  • 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

  • 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.