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1 Peter 2:9-12 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

But you are a chosen race,[a][b][c] a royal priesthood,[d] a holy nation,[e] a people for his possession,[f] so that you may proclaim the praises[g][h] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[i] so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.


  1. 2:9 Or generation, or nation
  2. 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20 LXX
  3. 2:9 Dt 7:6; 10:15; Is 43:20
  4. 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX; Is 61:6
  5. 2:9 Ex 19:6; 23:22 LXX
  6. 2:9 Ex 19:5; 23:22 LXX; Dt 4:20; 7:6; Is 43:21 LXX
  7. 2:9 Or the mighty deeds
  8. 2:9 Is 42:12; 43:21
  9. 2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans
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