1So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.
4You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.
5And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.*2:5 Greek holy priesthood. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,*2:6a Greek in Zion.
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”*2:6b Isa 28:16 (Greek version).
7Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him.*2:7a Or Yes, for you who believe, there is honor. But for those who reject him,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”*2:7b Ps 118:22.
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”*2:8 Isa 8:14.
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
9But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,*2:9 Greek a royal priesthood. a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
10“Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*2:10 Hos 1:6, 9; 2:23.
11Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.
13For the Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state,
15It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.
18You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect.*2:18 Or because you fear God; Greek reads in all fear. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel.
21For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered*2:21 Some manuscripts read died. for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
22He never sinned,
nor ever deceived anyone.*2:22 Isa 53:9.
23He did not retaliate when he was insulted,
nor threaten revenge when he suffered.
He left his case in the hands of God,
who always judges fairly.
24He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.
25Once you were like sheep
who wandered away.
But now you have turned to your Shepherd,
the Guardian of your souls.