1 Peter 2Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Living Stone and a Holy People
2 So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation,[a] 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good.[b] 4 Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it is contained in Scripture:
7 So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving,
The stone that the builders rejected—
They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.
9 But you are a chosen race,[k][l] a royal priesthood,[m]
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.[r] 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[s] 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.[t]
13 Submit to every human authority[u] because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor[v] as the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.[w]
Submission of Slaves to Masters
18 Household slaves, submit with all fear to your masters, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.[x] 19 For it brings favor[y] if, mindful of God’s will,[z][aa] someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if you sin and are punished, and you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God.
21 For you were called to this,