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As you come to him, a living stone (A)rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, (B)you yourselves like living stones are being built up as (C)a spiritual house, to be (D)a holy priesthood, (E)to offer spiritual sacrifices (F)acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

(G)“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
(H)and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honour is for you who (I)believe, but for those who (J)do not believe,

(K)“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone”,[a]


(L)“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offence.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, (M)as they were destined to do.

But you are (N)a chosen race, (O)a royal (P)priesthood, (Q)a holy nation, (R)a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you (S)out of darkness into (T)his marvellous light. 10 (U)Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:7 Greek the head of the corner