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1 Peter 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

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Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

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if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

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As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,

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you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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For it stands in Scripture:
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So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

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Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

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Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

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Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,[fn] whether it be to the emperor[fn] as supreme,

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or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.

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For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.

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Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants[fn] of God.

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Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

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Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.

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For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

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For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.

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For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

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He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.

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When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

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He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

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For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
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ESV Footnotes
Greek the head of the corner
Or every institution ordained for people
Or king; also verse 17
Greek bondservants

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