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1 Peter 2:11-17Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you.[a] 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,[b] so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.[c]

13 Submit to every human authority[d] because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor[e] as the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.[f]


  1. 1 Peter 2:11 Or against the soul
  2. 1 Peter 2:12 Or among the nations, or among the pagans
  3. 1 Peter 2:12 The day when God intervenes in human history, either in grace or in judgment
  4. 1 Peter 2:13 Or creature
  5. 1 Peter 2:13 Lit king
  6. 1 Peter 2:17 Lit king

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