1 Peter 1-12 NAS
putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all
slander; like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that
by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the
kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone which
has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God,
you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:
"BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who
disbelieve, "THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME
THE VERY CORNER stone," and, "A STONE OF STUMBLING
AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE"; for they stumble because they are
disobedient to the word, and this doom they were also appointed.
But you are a CHOSEN RACE, a royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A
PEOPLE FOR GOD'S OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the
excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous
light; for you were NOT A PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED
MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts
which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among
the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers,
they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in
the day of visitation.