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1 Peter 2 International Standard Version (ISV)

Live as God’s Chosen People

Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation. Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good!

As you come to him, the living stone who was rejected by people but was chosen and precious in God’s sight, you, too, as living stones, are building yourselves up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, so that you may offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus, the Messiah.[a] This is why it says in Scripture:

“Look! I am laying a chosen, precious cornerstone[b] in Zion.
    The one who believes in him will never be ashamed.”[c]

Therefore he is precious to you who believe, but to those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,[d]
a stone they stumble over
    and a rock they trip on.”[e]

They keep on stumbling because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds[f] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10 Once you were not a people,
    but now you are the people of God.
Once you had not received mercy,
    but now you have received mercy.

Live as God’s Servants

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and exiles to keep on abstaining from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. 12 Continue to live such upright lives among the gentiles that, when they slander you as practicers of evil, they may see your good actions and glorify God when he visits them.[g]

13 For the Lord’s sake submit yourselves to every human authority: whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorant talk[h] of foolish people. 16 Live like free people, and do not use your freedom as an excuse for doing evil. Instead, be God’s servants. 17 Honor everyone. Keep on loving the community of believers,[i] fearing God, and honoring the king.

Suffer Patiently

18 You household servants must submit yourselves to your masters out of respect, not only to those who are kind and fair, but also to those who are unjust. 19 For it is a fine thing if, when moved by your conscience to please God, you suffer patiently when wronged. 20 What good does it do if, when you sin, you patiently receive punishment for it? But if you suffer for doing good and receive it patiently, you have God’s approval. 21 This is, in fact, what you were called to do, because:

The Messiah[j] also suffered for you
    and left an example for you
        to follow in his steps.
22 “He never sinned,
    and he never told a lie.”[k]
23 When he was insulted,
    he did not retaliate.
When he suffered,
    he did not threaten.
It was his habit
    to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly.
24 “He himself bore our sins”[l] in his body on the tree,
    so that we might die to those sins
        and live righteously.
“By his wounds
    you have been healed.”[m]
25 You were “like sheep that kept going astray,”[n]
    but now you have returned to the shepherd
        and overseer of your souls.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:5 Or Christ
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Or capstone
  3. 1 Peter 2:6 Cf. Isa 28:16
  4. 1 Peter 2:7 Or capstone
  5. 1 Peter 2:8 Cf. Ps 118:22; Isa 8:14
  6. 1 Peter 2:9 Or the excellence; cf. Isa 43:21
  7. 1 Peter 2:12 Lit. God on the day of visitation
  8. 1 Peter 2:15 Lit. the ignorance
  9. 1 Peter 2:17 Lit. the brotherhood
  10. 1 Peter 2:21 Or Christ
  11. 1 Peter 2:22 Lit. and no deceit was found in his mouth; cf. Isa 53:9
  12. 1 Peter 2:24 Cf. Isa 53:4,12
  13. 1 Peter 2:24 Cf. Isa 53:5
  14. 1 Peter 2:25 Cf. Isa 53:6
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1 Peter 2 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
    a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.”[b]

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,

“The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[c]

and,

“A stone that causes people to stumble
    and a rock that makes them fall.”[d]

They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, 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. 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. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”[e]

23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:5 Or into a temple of the Spirit
  2. 1 Peter 2:6 Isaiah 28:16
  3. 1 Peter 2:7 Psalm 118:22
  4. 1 Peter 2:8 Isaiah 8:14
  5. 1 Peter 2:22 Isaiah 53:9
  6. 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)
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