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2:1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking,
2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious:
2:6 Because it is contained in scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: He who believes in him will not be put to shame."
2:7 For you therefore who believe is the honor, but for such as are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected, Has become the chief cornerstone,"
2:8 and, "A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed.
2:9 But you are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God`s own possession, that you may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
2:11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul;
2:13 Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord`s sake: whether to the king, as supreme;
2:14 or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to those who do well.
2:16 as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
2:18 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked.
2:19 For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.
2:20 For what glory is it, if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.
2:21 For to this were you called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps,
2:22 who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in his mouth."
2:23 Who, when he was reviled, didn`t revile back. When he suffered, didn`t threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously;
2:25 For you were going astray like sheep; but are now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.