1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all deceit, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:
3 If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as to a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 You also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on Him shall not be confounded. [Isaiah 28:16]
7 To you therefore who believe He is precious: but to them who be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, [Psalm 118:22]
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [Isaiah 8:14] even to them who stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; [Deuteronomy 7:6] that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. [Hosea 2:23]
11 Dearly beloved, I urge you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or to governors, as to them that are sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the crooked.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well, and suffer for it, you take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even to this were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was deceit found in His mouth: [Isaiah 53:9]
23 Who, when He was insulted, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously:
24 Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.
25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.