1 Peter 2:1–17
THE LIVING STONE AND A HOLY PEOPLE
2 Therefore, rid yourselves ofa all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.b 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word,A,c so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, 3 if you have tastedd that the Lord is good.C,e 4 As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored byD God—5 you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthoodE to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Godf through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:
See, I lay a stone in Zion,g
a chosen and honoredF cornerstone,h
and the one who believes in him
will never be put to shame.G,i
7 So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving,
The stone that the builders rejected—
this one has become the cornerstone,H,j
A stone to stumble over,
They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destinedl for this.
9 But you are a chosen race,J,K,m a royal priesthood,L,n a holy nation,M,o a people for his possession,N,p so that you may proclaim the praisesO,P,q of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.r 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy,s but now you have received mercy.
11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exilest to abstainu from sinfulv desires that wage war against the soul.w 12 Conductx yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,Q so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.y
13 Submitz to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperorR as the supreme authorityaa 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 willab that you silence the ignoranceac of foolish people by doing good. 16 Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,ad but as God’s slaves.ae 17 Honor everyone. Loveaf the brothers and sisters.ag Fear God.ah Honor the emperor.
Or desire pure spiritual milk
Or precious to
Or you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood
Or generation, or nation
Or the mighty deeds
Or among the nations, or among the pagans