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1 Peter 2:9-12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

But you are a chosen race,[a][b] a royal priesthood,[c]
a holy nation,[d] a people for His possession,[e]
so that you may proclaim the praises[f][g]
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you.[h] 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[i] so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.[j]


  1. 1 Peter 2:9 Or generation, or nation
  2. 1 Peter 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20 LXX
  3. 1 Peter 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX; Is 61:6
  4. 1 Peter 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX
  5. 1 Peter 2:9 Ex 19:5; 23:22 LXX; Dt 4:20; 7:6; Is 43:21 LXX
  6. 1 Peter 2:9 Or the mighty deeds
  7. 1 Peter 2:9 Is 42:12; 43:21
  8. 1 Peter 2:11 Or against the soul
  9. 1 Peter 2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans
  10. 1 Peter 2:12 The day when God intervenes in human history, either in grace or in judgment

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