Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking,
as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious:
coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen
by God, precious.
You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus
Because it is contained in Scripture,"Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious:He who believes in him will not be disappointed."Isaiah 28:16
For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient,"The stone
which the builders rejected,has become the chief cornerstone,"Psalm 118:22
and,"a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."Isaiah 8:14For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness
into his marvelous light:
who in time past were no people, but now are God's people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify
God in the day of visitation.
Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme;
or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evildoers and for praise to those who do well.
For this is the will of God, that by well-doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
as free, and not using your freedom
for a cloak
of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked.
For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience
For what glory
is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.
For to this you were called, because Christ
also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps,
who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth."Isaiah 53:9
Who, when he was cursed, didn't curse
back. When he suffered, didn't threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes
you were healed.
For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd
and Overseer of your souls.