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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

  • 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

  • 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

  • 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

  • 22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

  • 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

  • 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

  • 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

  • 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

  • 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.

  • 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;

  • 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:

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