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The Holman Christian Standard Bible

1 Peter 2:12–17

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12 Conduct o yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, p so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation. q r

13 Submit s to every human authority t because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor u as the supreme authority v 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will w that you silence the ignorance x of foolish people by doing good. 16 As God’s * slaves, y live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. z 17 Honor everyone. Love a the brotherhood. b Fear God. c Honor the Emperor. d

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2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans

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2:12 The day when God intervenes in human history, either in grace or in judgment

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2:13 Or creature

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2:13 * king

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2:17 * king