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16 That’s why the Scriptures say, “I am the holy God, and you must be holy too.”

17 You say that God is your Father, but God doesn’t have favorites! He judges all people by what they do. So you must honor God while you live as strangers here on earth. 18 You were rescued[a] from the useless way of life that you learned from your ancestors. But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don’t last forever.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.18 rescued: The Greek word often, though not always, means payment of a price to free a slave or prisoner.