We are to lay aside all guile, and go to Christ, the living
stone: and as being now his people, walk worthy of him, with submission to superiors, and patience under sufferings.
1 Wherefore *laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations,
and envies, and all detractions,
2 As new-born infants, desire the rational milk without guile: that thereby
you may grow unto salvation:
3 If yet you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
4 To whom approaching the living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen
and honoured of God:
5 Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore it is said in the Scripture: *Behold I lay in Sion a chief
corner-stone, elect, precious: And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.
7 To you, therefore, that believe honour: but to them that believe not,
*the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them, who stumble
at the word, neither do believe whereunto also they are set.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a purchased people, that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
10 *Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God:
who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 *Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain
yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul,
12 Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they
speak against you as evil doers, by your good works, they may glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 *Be ye subject, therefore, to every human creature for God's sake: whether
it be to the king as excelling:
14 Or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and
for the praise of the good:
15 For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may silence the ignorance
of foolish men:
16 As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants
17 Honour all men: *love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king:
18 *Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the
good, and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is praiseworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure
sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if sinning and being buffeted you suffer it: But
if doing well you suffer patiently; this is praiseworthy before God.
21 For to this you have been called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.
22 *Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened
not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly:
24 *Who his ownself bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we being
dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.
25 For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the
pastor and bishop of your souls.
1: Romans vi. 4.; Ephesians iv. 22.; Colossians iii. 8.; Hebrews xii. 1.
6: Isaias xxviii. 16.; Romans ix. 33.
7: Psalm cxvii. 22.; Isaias viii. 14.; Matthew xxi. 42.; Acts iv. 11.
10: Osee ii. 24.; Romans ix. 25.
11: Romans xiii. 14.; Galatians v. 16.
13: Romans xiii. 1.
17: Romans xii. 10.
18: Ephesians vi. 5.; Colossians iii. 22.; Titus ii. 9.
22: Isaias liii. 9.
24: Isaias liii. 5.