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a stone they stumble over
    and a rock they trip on.”[a]

They keep on stumbling because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds[b] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people,
    but now you are the people of God.
Once you had not received mercy,
    but now you have received mercy.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:8 Cf. Ps 118:22; Isa 8:14
  2. 1 Peter 2:9 Or the excellence; cf. Isa 43:21