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1 Peter 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:1 - Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:2 - Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:3 - now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

(Psa 118:22; Isa 28:16 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:4 - As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:5 - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[fn] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:6 - For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:7 - Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:8 - and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”[fn] They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:9 - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:10 - Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:11 - Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:12 - Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
(cf. Rom 13:1–5 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:13 - Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:14 - or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:15 - For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:16 - Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:17 - Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
(Isa 53:7–9 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:18 - Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:19 - For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:20 - But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:21 - To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:22 - “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:23 - When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:24 - “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:25 - For “you were like sheep going astray,”[fn] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
NIV Footnotes
Or into a temple of the Spirit
Isaiah 28:16
Psalm 118:22
Isaiah 8:14
Isaiah 53:9
Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)

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