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Yearn For His Word So That You May Grow

Having then laid-aside all badness[a], and all deceit and hypocrisies and jealousies, and all slanders— yearn like newborn babies for the deceitless[b] milk of-the-Word[c] in order that by it you may grow in[d] [your] salvation, if [e] you tasted that the Lord is good—

For You Are Being Built Upon The Living Cornerstone As a Holy Priesthood

... coming to Whom as the living Stone having been rejected by people, but chosen, precious with God, you yourselves also as living stones are being built[f] as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Because it is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying a Stone in Zion— a chosen, precious Cornerstone. And the one putting-faith upon Him will never be put-to-shame” [Isa 28:16]. The precious-value then is for you, the ones believing. But for ones not-believing: “The Stone which the ones building rejected, this became the head[g] of the corner” [Ps 118:22] and “a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of [h] falling” [Isa 8:14]— who stumble while[i] disobeying the word, to which indeed they were appointed[j].

And You Are Chosen By God To Report His Virtues To The World

And you are a chosen family[k], a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may report the virtues[l] of the One having called you out of darkness into His marvelous light— 10 who once were not a people, but now are the people of God; the ones not having received-mercy, but now having received-mercy.

Beloved, Keep Your Conduct Praiseworthy In The World So That God May Be Glorified

11 Beloved, I exhort you as foreigners[m] and pilgrims to be abstaining from fleshly desires which wage-war against the soul, 12 holding your conduct good[n] among the Gentiles in order that in what they are speaking-against you as evil-doers[o], they may by observing your good works glorify God on the day of visitation[p].

Be Subject To Human Institutions For The Lord’s Sake

13 Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake— whether to a king as being superior, 14 or to governors as being sent by him[q] for the punishment of evil-doers and praise of good-doers. 15 Because thus is the will of God, that while doing-good you may be silencing the ignorance of foolish people.

Honor Everyone

16 As[r] free ones, and not having the freedom as a covering of evilness, but as slaves of God, 17 honor everyone: be loving the brotherhood[s], be fearing God, be honoring the king;

Be Subject To Your Masters, Whether Good Or Bad, Following Christ’s Example

18 ... servants, being subject to your masters with all fear[t], not only to the good and kind ones, but also to the crooked[u] ones. 19 For this finds favor— if for the sake of a consciousness[v] of God one bears-up[w] while suffering sorrows unjustly. 20 For what-kind-of credit[x] is it if while sinning and being beaten, you will endure? But if while doing-good and suffering you will endure, this finds favor with God. 21 For you were called to this[y]. Because Christ also suffered for you, leaving-behind a pattern for you in order that you might follow-after His footsteps—

Christ Suffered Unjustly, Entrusting Himself To God

22 ... Who “did not commit sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” [Isa 53:9]; 23 Who while being reviled, was not reviling-in-return; while suffering, was not threatening, but was committing Himself [z] to the One judging righteously; 24 Who Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross in order that we, having died[aa] to sins, might live for righteousness; by Whose bruise you were healed. 25 For you were going-astray like sheep, but now you returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.


  1. 1 Peter 2:1 Or, evilness, malice.
  2. 1 Peter 2:2 Or, pure, unadulterated.
  3. 1 Peter 2:2 Or, pertaining-to-the-Word. Or, pertaining-to-the-real-nature-of-things, and thus, ‘spiritual’ milk.
  4. 1 Peter 2:2 Or, in relation to, into.
  5. 1 Peter 2:3 That is, assuming that.
  6. 1 Peter 2:5 Or, are building yourselves. Or this may be a command, be built, build yourselves.
  7. 1 Peter 2:7 See Mk 12:10.
  8. 1 Peter 2:8 That is, causing a fall.
  9. 1 Peter 2:8 That is, because they are disobeying; or, by disobeying.
  10. 1 Peter 2:8 Or, destined.
  11. 1 Peter 2:9 Or, race, people, nation.
  12. 1 Peter 2:9 Or, excellencies, praises, mighty acts.
  13. 1 Peter 2:11 Or, resident aliens.
  14. 1 Peter 2:12 Or, commendable, praiseworthy.
  15. 1 Peter 2:12 Or, criminals (in living as Christians).
  16. 1 Peter 2:12 That is, the day when God visits them with salvation or judgment; or, the day when they judge you.
  17. 1 Peter 2:14 Or, Him.
  18. 1 Peter 2:16 Or, [Live] as free ones.
  19. 1 Peter 2:17 That is, the community of believers.
  20. 1 Peter 2:18 That is, with all respect; or, in all reverence of God.
  21. 1 Peter 2:18 Or, dishonest, unscrupulous. That is, toward you, v 19.
  22. 1 Peter 2:19 Or, conscience toward God.
  23. 1 Peter 2:19 Or, endures.
  24. 1 Peter 2:20 Or, fame, glory.
  25. 1 Peter 2:21 That is, to bear up under unjust suffering for Christ.
  26. 1 Peter 2:23 Or, them, it.
  27. 1 Peter 2:24 Or, being dead.

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