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As Living Stones, God’s Chosen Family

Therefore, (A)laying aside all [a]malice and all deceit and [b]hypocrisy and [c]envy and all [d](B)slander, (C)like newborn babies, long for the [e](D)pure [f]milk of the word, so that by it you may (E)grow [g]in respect to salvation, if you have (F)tasted [h](G)the kindness of the [i]Lord.

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been (H)rejected by men, but is [j]choice and precious in the sight of God, (I)you also, as living stones, [k]are being built up as a (J)spiritual house for a holy (K)priesthood, to (L)offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in [l]Scripture:

(M)Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a (N)precious corner stone,
And he who believes upon [m]Him will not be put to shame.”

(O)This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,

(P)The stone which the builders (Q)rejected,
This became the chief corner stone,”


(R)A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.”

(S)They stumble because they are disobedient to the word, (T)and to this stumbling they were also appointed.

But you are (U)a chosen family, a royal (V)priesthood, a (W)holy nation, (X)a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you (Y)out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 (Z)for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 (AA)Beloved, (AB)I urge you as (AC)sojourners and exiles to abstain from (AD)fleshly lusts which wage (AE)war against the soul, 12 (AF)by keeping your conduct excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing which they (AG)slander you as evildoers, they may [n]because of your good works, as they observe them, (AH)glorify God (AI)in the day of [o]visitation.

Be Subject to Authority

13 (AJ)Be subject for the sake of the Lord to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent [p]by him (AK)for the punishment of evildoers and the (AL)praise of those who do good. 15 For [q](AM)such is the will of God that by doing good you may (AN)silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as (AO)free people, and [r]do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as (AP)slaves of God. 17 (AQ)Honor all people, (AR)love the [s]brethren, (AS)fear God, (AT)honor the [t]king.

18 (AU)Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to those who are good and (AV)considerate, but also to those who are [u]crooked. 19 For this finds [v]favor, if for the sake of (AW)conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unrighteously. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure? But if (AX)when you do good and suffer for it, you endure, this finds favor with God.

Christ, Our Example

21 For to this (AY)you have been called, (AZ)since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you (BA)an example that you should follow in His steps, 22 who (BB)did no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 who being (BC)reviled, was not reviling in return; while suffering, He was uttering no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously. 24 Who Himself [w](BD)bore our sins in His body on the (BE)tree, so that (BF)having died to [x]sin, we might live to righteousness; (BG)by His [y]wounds you were (BH)healed. 25 For you were (BI)continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the (BJ)Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.


  1. 1 Peter 2:1 Or wickedness
  2. 1 Peter 2:1 Plural nouns
  3. 1 Peter 2:1 Plural nouns
  4. 1 Peter 2:1 Plural nouns
  5. 1 Peter 2:2 Or unadulterated
  6. 1 Peter 2:2 Or spiritual (Gr logikos) milk
  7. 1 Peter 2:2 Or up to salvation
  8. 1 Peter 2:3 Lit that the Lord is kind
  9. 1 Peter 2:3 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Ps 34:8
  10. 1 Peter 2:4 Or elect; lit chosen
  11. 1 Peter 2:5 Or allow yourselves to be built up, build yourselves up
  12. 1 Peter 2:6 Or a scripture
  13. 1 Peter 2:6 Or it
  14. 1 Peter 2:12 Or as a result of
  15. 1 Peter 2:12 Christ’s coming again in judgment
  16. 1 Peter 2:14 Lit through
  17. 1 Peter 2:15 Lit so
  18. 1 Peter 2:16 Lit not having
  19. 1 Peter 2:17 Or brotherhood
  20. 1 Peter 2:17 Or emperor
  21. 1 Peter 2:18 Or unreasonable
  22. 1 Peter 2:19 Or grace
  23. 1 Peter 2:24 Or carried...up to the cross
  24. 1 Peter 2:24 Lit sins
  25. 1 Peter 2:24 Or bruise; lit wound