1 Therefore, a laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 b as newborn babes, desire the pure c milk of the word, that you may grow 1 thereby, 3 if indeed you have d tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, e rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
f "Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." 2
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who 3 are disobedient,
g "The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone," 4
h "A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense." 5
i They stumble, being disobedient to the word, j to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of k darkness into His marvelous light; 10 l who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts m which war against the soul, 12 n having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, o they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.