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1 Peter 2:1-12 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

The Living Stone and a Holy People

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word,[a] so that you may grow up into your salvation,[b] if you have tasted that the Lord is good.[c] As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by[d] God— you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood[e] to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and honored[f] cornerstone,
and the one who believes in him
will never be put to shame.[g]

So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving,

The stone that the builders rejected—
this one has become the cornerstone,[h]


A stone to stumble over,
and a rock to trip over.[i]

They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this.

But you are a chosen race,[j][k][l] a royal priesthood,[m] a holy nation,[n] a people for his possession,[o] so that you may proclaim the praises[p][q] 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 exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[r] so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.


  1. 2:2 Or desire pure spiritual milk
  2. 2:2 Other mss omit for your salvation
  3. 2:3 Ps 34:8
  4. 2:4 Or precious to
  5. 2:5 Or you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood
  6. 2:6 Or precious
  7. 2:6 Is 28:16 LXX
  8. 2:7 Ps 118:22
  9. 2:8 Is 8:14
  10. 2:9 Or generation, or nation
  11. 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20 LXX
  12. 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20
  13. 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX; Is 61:6
  14. 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX
  15. 2:9 Ex 19:5; 23:22 LXX; Dt 4:20; 7:6; Is 43:21 LXX
  16. 2:9 Or the mighty deeds
  17. 2:9 Is 42:12; 43:21
  18. 2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans
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