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1 Peter 2 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:1 - So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:2 - Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:3 - now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
Living Stones for God’s House
(Psa 118:22; Isa 28:16 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:4 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:5 - And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.[fn] Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:6 - As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,[fn]
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:7 - 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.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:8 - And,
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”[fn] They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:9 - But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:10 - “Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:11 - Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:12 - Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.[fn]
Respecting People in Authority
(cf. Rom 13:1–5 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:13 - For the Lord’s sake, respect all human authority—whether the king as head of state,
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:14 - or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:15 - It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:16 - For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:17 - Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters.[fn] Fear God, and respect the king.
(Isa 53:7–9 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:18 - You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters with all respect.[fn] Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:19 - For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:20 - Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:21 - For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered[fn] for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:22 - He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:23 - He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:24 - He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Pe 2:25 - Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.
NLT Footnotes
Greek holy priesthood.
Greek in Zion.
Isa 28:16 (Greek version).
Ps 118:22.
Isa 8:14.
Greek a royal priesthood.
Hos 1:6, 9; 2:23.
Or on the day of visitation.
Greek love the brotherhood.
Or because you fear God.
Some manuscripts read died.
Isa 53:9.

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