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To people who do not believe, he is

“a stone that causes people to stumble.
    It is a rock that makes them fall.” Isaiah 8:14

They stumble because they do not obey what God says. This is what God planned to happen to them.

But you are chosen people. You are the King’s priests. You are a holy nation. You are a nation that belongs to God alone. God chose you to tell about the wonderful things he has done. He called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 At one time you were not God’s people. But now you are his people. In the past you had never received mercy. But now you have received God’s mercy.

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