2 Putting away therefore all vice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envyings and all detractions
2 As new-born babes for the pure milk that is for the mind eagerly crave, That thereby ye may grow unto salvation:—
3 If ye have tasted for yourselves that gracious is the Lord,—
4 Unto whom coming near as unto a living stone—By men indeed rejected, But with God chosen, held in honour
5 Yourselves also as living stones are being built up a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, To offer spiritual sacrifices well-pleasing unto God through Jesus Christ;
6 Inasmuch as it is contained in scripture—Lo! I lay in Zion an outmost corner stone, chosen, held in honour, And he that resteth faith thereupon shall not be put to shame.
7 Unto you then is the honour—[unto you] who believe; But unto such as disbelieve, The stone which the builders rejected—The same hath become head of the corner,
8 And a stone to strike against And a rock to stumble over: Who stumble because unto the word they do not yield,—Unto which also they have been appointed;
9 But ye are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a peculiar treasure, That the excellences ye may tell forth of him who out of darkness hath called you into his marvellous light:—
10 Who at one time were a No-people, But now are a people of God,—Who had not been enjoying mercy, But now have received mercy.
11 Beloved! I exhort you as sojourners and pilgrims To abstain from fleshly covetings Such as take the field against the soul;
12 Having your behaviour among the nations honourable,—In order that wherein they speak against you as evil-doers they may owing to the honourable works they are permitted to behold glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves unto every human creation for the Lord’s sake,—Whether unto a king as one that protecteth,
14 Or unto governors as through him sent—For vengeance on evil-doers But praise to such as do good;
15 Because so is the will of God,—by doing good to be putting to silence the ignorance of heedless men:
16 As free, Yet not as a cloak of vice holding your freedom, But as God’s servants.
17 Unto all men give honour, Unto the brotherhood shew love, Unto God give reverence, The king hold in honour.
18 Ye domestics submitting yourselves in all reverence unto your masters,—Not only unto the good and considerate But also unto the perverse;
19 For this is thankworthy,—If for the sake of conscience towards God one beareth griefs suffering wrongfully,—
20 For what sort of honour is it—If committing sin and being buffeted ye endure it? But if doing good and suffering ye endure it This is thankworthy with God.
21 For hereunto have ye been called; Because Christ also suffered in your behalf, Unto you leaving behind a pattern That ye might follow in his steps:
22 Who did not a sin commit, Neither was deceit found in his mouth,—
23 Who being reviled was not reviling again, Suffering he was not threatening But was making surrender unto him that judgeth righteously,—
24 Who our sins himself bare up in his body unto the tree, In order that we from our sins getting away In righteousness might live,—By whose stripes ye have been healed;
25 For ye were as sheep going astray, But have now turned back unto the shepherd and overseer of your souls.