1 Peter 2:4-11 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
4 Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God’s sight chosen and precious; 5 and 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. 6 For it stands in scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious,
7 To you therefore who believe, he is precious, but for those who do not believe,
“The very stone which the builders rejected
“A stone that will make men stumble,
for they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people,[a] that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.
Live as Servants of God
11 Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.