4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is [a]choice and precious in the sight of God,5 you also, as living stones, [b]are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.6 For this is contained in [c]Scripture:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, aprecious cornerstone, And he who believes in[d]Him will not be[e]disappointed.”
7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,
“The stone which the buildersrejected, This became the very cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, aholy nation, a people forGod’sown possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;10 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.
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