New Heart English Bible
1Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all deceit, and hypocrisy, and envy, and all slander, 2as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby to salvation, 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious:
4coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious. 5You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6Because it is contained in Scripture, "Look, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
7For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who do not believe, "The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone,"
8and, "a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 10who once were not a people, but now are God's people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11Beloved, I urge you as foreigners and temporary residents, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13Subject yourselves to every human institution for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme; 14or to governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evildoers and for praise to those who do well. 15For this is the will of God, that by well-doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people: 16as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as slaves of God. 17Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked. 19For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God. 20For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.
21For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps, 22who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth. 23Who, when he was cursed, did not curse back. When he suffered, did not threaten, but committed himself to him who judges righteously; 24who his own self bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by his stripes you were healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.