1 Peter 2:4-5:11
New International Version
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone(A)—rejected by humans but chosen by God(B) and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built(C) into a spiritual house[a](D) to be a holy priesthood,(E) offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.(F) 6 For in Scripture it says:
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,(I)
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.(M)
9 But you are a chosen people,(N) a royal priesthood,(O) a holy nation,(P) God’s special possession,(Q) that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.(R) 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;(S) once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends,(T) I urge you, as foreigners and exiles,(U) to abstain from sinful desires,(V) which wage war against your soul.(W) 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds(X) and glorify God(Y) on the day he visits us.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:(Z) whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong(AA) and to commend those who do right.(AB) 15 For it is God’s will(AC) that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.(AD) 16 Live as free people,(AE) but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;(AF) live as God’s slaves.(AG) 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers,(AH) fear God, honor the emperor.(AI)
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,(AJ) not only to those who are good and considerate,(AK) but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.(AL) 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.(AM) 21 To this(AN) you were called,(AO) because Christ suffered for you,(AP) leaving you an example,(AQ) that you should follow in his steps.
23 When they hurled their insults at him,(AT) he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.(AU) Instead, he entrusted himself(AV) to him who judges justly.(AW) 24 “He himself bore our sins”(AX) in his body on the cross,(AY) so that we might die to sins(AZ) and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”(BA) 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f](BB) but now you have returned to the Shepherd(BC) and Overseer of your souls.(BD)
3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves(BE) to your own husbands(BF) so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over(BG) without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.(BH) 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self,(BI) the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.(BJ) 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God(BK) used to adorn themselves.(BL) They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.(BM) You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7 Husbands,(BN) in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Suffering for Doing Good
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded,(BO) be sympathetic, love one another,(BP) be compassionate and humble.(BQ) 9 Do not repay evil with evil(BR) or insult with insult.(BS) On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,(BT) because to this(BU) you were called(BV) so that you may inherit a blessing.(BW) 10 For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[g](BX)
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?(BY) 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.(BZ) “Do not fear their threats[h]; do not be frightened.”[i](CA) 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer(CB) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope(CC) that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience,(CD) so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.(CE) 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will,(CF) to suffer for doing good(CG) than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once(CH) for sins,(CI) the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.(CJ) He was put to death in the body(CK) but made alive in the Spirit.(CL) 19 After being made alive,[j] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits(CM)— 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently(CN) in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.(CO) In it only a few people, eight in all,(CP) were saved(CQ) through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you(CR) also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience(CS) toward God.[k] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(CT) 22 who has gone into heaven(CU) and is at God’s right hand(CV)—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.(CW)
Living for God
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body,(CX) arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.(CY) 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires,(CZ) but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past(DA) doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.(DB) 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.(DC) 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.(DD) 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead,(DE) so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near.(DF) Therefore be alert and of sober mind(DG) so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply,(DH) because love covers over a multitude of sins.(DI) 9 Offer hospitality(DJ) to one another without grumbling.(DK) 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,(DL) as faithful(DM) stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.(DN) If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides,(DO) so that in all things God may be praised(DP) through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.(DQ)
Suffering for Being a Christian
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you(DR) to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice(DS) inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,(DT) so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.(DU) 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ,(DV) you are blessed,(DW) for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.(DX) 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household;(DY) and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?(DZ) 18 And,
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will(EB) should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
To the Elders and the Flock
5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder(EC) and a witness(ED) of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:(EE) 2 Be shepherds of God’s flock(EF) that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;(EG) not pursuing dishonest gain,(EH) but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over(EI) those entrusted to you, but being examples(EJ) to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd(EK) appears, you will receive the crown of glory(EL) that will never fade away.(EM)
8 Be alert and of sober mind.(ET) Your enemy the devil prowls around(EU) like a roaring lion(EV) looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him,(EW) standing firm in the faith,(EX) because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.(EY)
10 And the God of all grace, who called you(EZ) to his eternal glory(FA) in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,(FB) will himself restore you and make you strong,(FC) firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.(FD)
- 1 Peter 2:5 Or into a temple of the Spirit
- 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
- 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
- 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14
- 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9
- 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)
- 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm 34:12-16
- 1 Peter 3:14 Or fear what they fear
- 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah 8:12
- 1 Peter 3:19 Or but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also
- 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience
- 1 Peter 4:18 Prov. 11:31 (see Septuagint)
- 1 Peter 5:5 Prov. 3:34