1 Peter 2
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby,
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief
cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be ashamed.
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, The
stone which the builders rejected has become the Head of the corner,
8 and a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His
possession, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into
His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who did not have mercy
but now have mercy.
11 Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and sojourners, abstain from fleshly lusts which war
against the soul,
12 having your behavior honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against
you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the
day of visitation.
13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man because of the Lord;
whether to the king as supreme,
14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and
for the praise of those who do good.
15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of
16 as free, yet not using liberty as a pretext for evil, but as bondservants of God.
17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and fair, but
also to the perverse.
19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief,
20 For what praise is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you endure it patiently?
But when you do good and suffer, if you endure it patiently, this is favorable with God.
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that you should follow His steps:
22 Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth;
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not
threaten, but gave Himself over to Him who judges righteously;
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins,
might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.
25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and
Overseer of your souls.