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1 Peter 2:4-10 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

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1 Peter 2:4-10 World English Bible (WEB)

coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Because it is contained in Scripture,

“Behold,[a] I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen and precious:
    He who believes in him will not be disappointed.”Isaiah 28:16

For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient,

“The stone which the builders rejected
    has become the chief cornerstone,”Psalm 118:22

and,

“a stumbling stone and a rock of offense.”Isaiah 8:14

For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 In the past, you were not a people, but now are God’s people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:6 “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה” or “ἰδοὺ”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
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1 Peter 2:4-10 American Standard Version (ASV)

unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, [a]precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up [b]a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Because it is contained in [c]scripture,

[d]Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, [e]precious:
And he that believeth on [f]him shall not be put to shame.

[g]For you therefore that believe is the [h]preciousness: but for such as disbelieve,

[i]The stone which the builders rejected,
The same was made the head of the corner;

and,

[j]A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence;

[k]for they [l]stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 who in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:4 Or, honorable
  2. 1 Peter 2:5 Or, a spiritual house for a holy priesthood
  3. 1 Peter 2:6 Or, a scripture
  4. 1 Peter 2:6 Isa. 28:16.
  5. 1 Peter 2:6 Or, honorable
  6. 1 Peter 2:6 Or, it
  7. 1 Peter 2:7 Or, In your sight
  8. 1 Peter 2:7 Or, honor
  9. 1 Peter 2:7 Ps. 118:22.
  10. 1 Peter 2:8 Isa. 8:14.
  11. 1 Peter 2:8 Greek who.
  12. 1 Peter 2:8 Or, stumble, being disobedient to the word

1 Peter 2:4-10 New International Version (NIV)

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”[b]

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[c]

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.”[d]

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:5 Or into a temple of the Spirit
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
  3. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
  4. 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14
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