22 Since you have (A)purified your souls (B)in obedience to the truth for a (C)sincere love of the brothers and sisters, fervently love one another from [a]the heart, 23 for you have been (D)born again (E)not of seed which is perishable, but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring (F)word of God. 24 For,

(G)All flesh is like grass,
And all its glory is like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
And the flower falls off,
25 (H)But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is (I)the word which was [b]preached to you.

As Newborn Babes

Therefore, (J)rid yourselves of all [c]malice and all deceit and [d]hypocrisy and [e]envy and all [f](K)slander, (L)and like newborn babies, long for the [g](M)pure [h]milk of the word, so that by it you may (N)grow [i]in respect to salvation, if you have (O)tasted [j](P)the kindness of the Lord.

As Living Stones

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been (Q)rejected by people, but is [k]choice and precious in the sight of God, (R)you also, as living stones, [l]are being built up as a (S)spiritual house for a holy (T)priesthood, to (U)offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in [m]Scripture:

(V)Behold, I am laying in Zion a choice stone, a (W)precious cornerstone,
And the one who believes in [n]Him will not be [o]put to shame.”

(X)This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for unbelievers,

(Y)A stone which the builders (Z)rejected,
This became the [p]chief cornerstone,”

and,

(AA)A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;

(AB)for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, (AC)and to this they were also appointed.

But you are (AD)a chosen people, a royal (AE)priesthood, a (AF)holy nation, (AG)a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you (AH)out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 (AI)for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 1:22 Two early mss a pure heart
  2. 1 Peter 1:25 Lit preached as good news to you
  3. 1 Peter 2:1 Or wickedness
  4. 1 Peter 2:1 plural nouns
  5. 1 Peter 2:1 plural nouns
  6. 1 Peter 2:1 plural nouns
  7. 1 Peter 2:2 Or unadulterated
  8. 1 Peter 2:2 Or spiritual (Gr logikos) milk, so
  9. 1 Peter 2:2 Or up to salvation
  10. 1 Peter 2:3 Lit that the Lord is kind
  11. 1 Peter 2:4 Lit chosen; or elect
  12. 1 Peter 2:5 Or allow yourselves to be built up; or build yourselves up
  13. 1 Peter 2:6 Or a scripture
  14. 1 Peter 2:6 Or it
  15. 1 Peter 2:6 Or disappointed
  16. 1 Peter 2:7 Lit head of the corner