(A)you yourselves like living stones are being built up as (B)a spiritual house, to be (C)a holy priesthood, (D)to offer spiritual sacrifices (E)acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

(F)“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
(G)and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who (H)believe, but for those who (I)do not believe,

(J)“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[a]

and

(K)“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, (L)as they were destined to do.

But you are (M)a chosen race, (N)a royal (O)priesthood, (P)a holy nation, (Q)a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you (R)out of darkness into (S)his marvelous light. 10 (T)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.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:7 Greek the head of the corner

Submission to Authority

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

Shepherd the Flock of God

So I exhort the elders among you, (A)as a fellow elder and (B)a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: (C)shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] (D)not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[b] (E)not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not (F)domineering over those in your charge, but (G)being examples to the flock. And when (H)the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the (I)unfading (J)crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. (K)Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for (L)“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 5:2 Some manuscripts omit exercising oversight
  2. 1 Peter 5:2 Some manuscripts omit as God would have you

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