27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    (A)male and female he created them.

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then the Lord God formed the man of (A)dust from the ground and (B)breathed into his (C)nostrils the breath of life, and (D)the man became a living creature.

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But when you pray, (A)go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. (B)And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as (C)the Gentiles do, for (D)they think that they will be heard (E)for their many words.

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24 (A)“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and (B)money.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 6:24 Greek mammon, a Semitic word for money or possessions

26 For (A)what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or (B)what shall a man give in return for his soul?

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21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, (A)“Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”

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36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

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19 But Peter and John answered them, (A)“Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for (B)we cannot but speak of what (C)we have seen and heard.”

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Dead to Sin, Alive to God

What shall we say then? (A)Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can (B)we who died to sin still live in it?

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Submission to the Authorities

13 Let every person (A)be subject to the governing authorities. For (B)there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you (C)will receive his approval, for (D)he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, (E)an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also (F)for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. (G)Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

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Christ Has Set Us Free

For (A)freedom Christ has (B)set us free; (C)stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to (D)a yoke of (E)slavery.

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13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. (A)Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love (B)serve one another.

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20 But (A)our citizenship is in heaven, and (B)from it we (C)await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Pray for All People

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, (A)for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and (B)dignified in every way.

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12 There is only (A)one lawgiver and (B)judge, he who is able to save and (C)to destroy. But (D)who are you to judge your neighbor?

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12 (A)Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, (B)they may see your good deeds and glorify God on (C)the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

13 (D)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 (E)to punish those who do evil and (F)to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, (G)that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 (H)Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but (I)living as servants[c] of God. 17 (J)Honor everyone. (K)Love the brotherhood. (L)Fear God. Honor the emperor.

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Footnotes

  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

11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
    let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Now (A)who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 (B)But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. (C)Have no fear of them, (D)nor be troubled, 15 but (E)in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, (F)always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and (G)respect, 16 (H)having a good conscience, so that, (I)when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For (J)it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

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Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at (A)the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice (B)insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad (C)when his glory is revealed. 14 (D)If you are insulted (E)for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory[a] and of God rests upon you. 15 But (F)let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or (G)as a meddler. 16 Yet (H)if anyone suffers as a (I)Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God (J)in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment (K)to begin at the household of God; and (L)if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who (M)do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

(N)“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[b]

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will (O)entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 4:14 Some manuscripts insert and of power
  2. 1 Peter 4:18 Greek where will the ungodly and sinner appear?

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