1 Peter 2:4–10
4 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.
5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.* Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. 6 As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,*
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”*
7 Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him.* But for those who reject him,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”*
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”*
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,* a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*
2:5 Greek holy priesthood.
2:6a Greek in Zion.
2:7a Or Yes, for you who believe, there is honor.
2:9 Greek a royal priesthood.