First Peter Chapter Two


1 So put away your hateful feelings, all

Deceit, hypocrisy, all jealousy,

And every kind of slander. 2 Long to grow


In your salvation; cry for this the way

A newborn baby cries for milk, 3 now that

You’ve tasted that the Lord is good, 4 and as


You come to him, the living Stone− rejected

By men but chosen by the LORD and precious

To him. 5 You have become like living stones:


You’re being built into a house for God

To be a holy priesthood, offering

Up spiritual sacrifices which God


Accepts through Jesus Christ, 6 for Scripture says,

“See, I have set a stone in Zion as

A chosen, precious cornerstone. The one


Who trusts in him will not be put to shame.”

7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.

But to those who reject him, well, “The stone


The builders have rejected has become

The Cornerstone,” 8 and Scriptures also say,

“He is a stone that causes men to stumble,


A rock that makes them fall.” They stumble, for

They disobey the message−as they were

Destined to do, 9 but you’re a chosen people,


A royal priesthood and a holy nation,

A people who belong to God, so that

You may proclaim praises of him who called


You out of darkness into his amazing

Light. 10 Once you weren’t a people, but you’re now

God’s people; and once you had not received


Mercy, but now you have received it. 11 Dear

Friends, I beg you, as aliens and pilgrims

In the world, to abstain from fleshly lusts,


Which war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives

Among the pagans that, though they may claim

That you are evildoers, they may by


Your good deeds glorify God on the day

He visits us. 13 For the Lord’s sake submit

Yourselves to every ordinance of man:


Whether it is the king, as the supreme

Authority, 14 or governors he sends

To punish evildoers and commend


Those who do right, 15 for it is God’s will that

By doing good you silence senseless talk

Of foolish men. 16 Live as free men, but do


Not use your freedom as a cover-up

For evil; live as servants of the Lord.

17 Honor all people: Love the brotherhood,


Fear God, respect the king. 18 You servants must

Respect your masters, doing what they ask,

Not only if they are considerate


And good, but also if they’re tough and harsh,

19 For it’s commendable if a man bears

Up under unjust suffering because


He is aware of God; 20 but how’s it to

Your credit if you’re beaten after you’ve

Done wrong and you endure it? But if you


Endure suffering even when you have

Done right, this is commendable before

God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered


For you and left you an example, so

That you should follow in his steps. 22 “He did

No sin, and never told a lie.” 23 When he


Was insulted, he did not answer back

With insults; when he suffered, he did not

Threaten. Instead, he placed his hopes in him

Who judges justly. 24 He himself sustained

Our sins in his own body on the tree,

So that we, being dead to sin, might live

For righteousness, for by his wounds you have

Been healed, 25 for you had wandered off like sheep

Astray, but now you’ve been brought back to follow


The Shepherd and the Keeper of your souls.





By Caleb Howe

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First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.

~Justice Anthony Kennedy, Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, 535 U.S. 234 (2002) (Opinion of the Court)

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