Passage: 1 Peter 2:1-17 (RSV)

1 Peter 2

1So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander.
2Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation;
3for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
4Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious;
5and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6For it stands in scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and he who believes in him will not be put to shame."
7To you therefore who believe, he is precious, but for those who do not believe, "The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner,"
8and "A stone that will make men stumble, a rock that will make them fall"; for they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10Once you were no people but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.
11Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.
12Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
13Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
14or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
15For it is God's will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
16Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.
17Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

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