12 (A)Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they (B)slander you as evildoers, they may [a]because of your good deeds, as they observe them, (C)glorify God (D)on the day of [b]visitation.

Honor Authority

13 (E)Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent [c]by him (F)for the punishment of evildoers and the (G)praise of those who do right. 15 For [d](H)such is the will of God, that by doing right you (I)silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Act as (J)free people, and [e]do not use your freedom as a [f]covering for evil, but use it as (K)bond-servants of God. 17 (L)Honor all people, (M)love the brotherhood, (N)fear God, (O)honor the [g]king.

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  1. 1 Peter 2:12 Or as a result of
  2. 1 Peter 2:12 I.e., Christ’s coming again in judgment
  3. 1 Peter 2:14 Lit through
  4. 1 Peter 2:15 Lit so
  5. 1 Peter 2:16 Lit not having
  6. 1 Peter 2:16 I.e., a way to conceal
  7. 1 Peter 2:17 Or emperor

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