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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 2

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1Then away with all wickedness and deceit, hypocrisy and jealousy and malicious talk of any kind! 2Like the newborn infants you are, you should be craving for pure spiritual milk so that you may thrive on it and be saved; for 3surely you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4So come to him, to the living stone which was rejected by men but chosen by God and of great worth to him. 5You also, as living stones, must be built up into a spiritual temple, and form a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For you will find in scripture:

I am laying in Zion a chosen corner-stone of great worth. Whoever has faith in it will not be put to shame.

7So for you who have faith it has great worth; but for those who have no faith ‘the stone which the builders rejected has become the corner-stone’, 8and also ‘a stone to trip over, a rock to stumble against’. They trip because they refuse to believe the word; this is the fate appointed for them.

9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, a people claimed by God for his own, to proclaim the glorious deeds of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 10Once you were not a people at all; but now you are God's people. Once you were outside his mercy; but now you are outside no longer.

11 DEAR friends, I appeal to you, as aliens in a foreign land, to avoid bodily desires which make war on the soul. 12Let your conduct among unbelievers be so good that, although they now malign you as wrongdoers, reflection on your good deeds will lead them to give glory to God on the day when he comes in judgement.

13Submit yourselves for the sake of the Lord to every human authority, whether to the emperor as supreme, 14or to governors as his deputies for the punishment of those who do wrong and the commendation of those who do right. 15For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence ignorance and stupidity.

16Live as those who are free; not however as though your freedom provided a cloak for wrongdoing, but as slaves in God's service. 17Give due honour to everyone: love your fellow-Christians, reverence God, honour the emperor.

18Servants, submit to your masters with all due respect, not only to those who are kind and forbearing, but even to those who are unjust. 19It is a sign of grace a 2:19,20 a sign of grace: or creditable. if, because God is in his thoughts, someone endures the pain of undeserved suffering. 20What credit is there in enduring the beating you deserve when you have done wrong? On the other hand, when you have behaved well and endured suffering for it, that is a sign of grace in the sight of God. 21It is your vocation because Christ himself suffered b 2:21 suffered: some witnesses read died. on your behalf, and left you an example in order that you should follow in his steps. 22‘He committed no sin, he was guilty of no falsehood.’ 23When he was abused he did not retaliate, when he suffered he uttered no threats, but delivered himself up to him who judges justly. 24He carried our sins in his own person on the gibbet c 2:24 on the gibbet: or to the gibbet. , so that we might cease to live for sin and begin to live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25You were straying like sheep, but now you have turned towards the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

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a 2:19,20 a sign of grace: or creditable.

b 2:21 suffered: some witnesses read died.

c 2:24 on the gibbet: or to the gibbet.

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