As Living Stones

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been (A)rejected by people, but is [a]choice and precious in the sight of God, (B)you also, as living stones, [b]are being built up as a (C)spiritual house for a holy (D)priesthood, to (E)offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in [c]Scripture:

(F)Behold, I am laying in Zion a choice stone, a (G)precious cornerstone,
And the one who believes in [d]Him will not be [e]put to shame.”

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

(I)A stone which the builders (J)rejected,
This became the [f]chief cornerstone,”

and,

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

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

But you are (N)a chosen people, a royal (O)priesthood, a (P)holy nation, (Q)a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you (R)out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 (S)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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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:4 Lit chosen; or elect
  2. 1 Peter 2:5 Or allow yourselves to be built up; or build yourselves up
  3. 1 Peter 2:6 Or a scripture
  4. 1 Peter 2:6 Or it
  5. 1 Peter 2:6 Or disappointed
  6. 1 Peter 2:7 Lit head of the corner