But you are (A)a chosen race, (B)a royal (C)priesthood, (D)a holy nation, (E)a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you (F)out of darkness into (G)his marvelous light. 10 (H)Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you (I)as sojourners and exiles (J)to abstain from the passions of the flesh, (K)which wage war against your soul. 12 (L)Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, (M)they may see your good deeds and glorify God on (N)the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

13 (O)Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution,[a] whether it be to the emperor[b] as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him (P)to punish those who do evil and (Q)to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, (R)that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 (S)Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but (T)living as servants[c] of God. 17 (U)Honor everyone. (V)Love the brotherhood. (W)Fear God. Honor the emperor.

18 (X)Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, (Y)mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:13 Or every institution ordained for people
  2. 1 Peter 2:13 Or king; also verse 17
  3. 1 Peter 2:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface

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