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As the Scriptures say,

“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,[a]
    chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
    will never be disgraced.”[b]

Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him.[c] But for those who reject him,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.”[d]

And,

“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
    the rock that makes them fall.”[e]

They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[f] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:6a Greek in Zion.
  2. 2:6b Isa 28:16 (Greek version).
  3. 2:7a Or Yes, for you who believe, there is honor.
  4. 2:7b Ps 118:22.
  5. 2:8 Isa 8:14.
  6. 2:9 Greek a royal priesthood.

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