2:1 Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2:2 as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation;
2:3 if ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious:
2:4 unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, precious,
2:5 ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
2:6 Because it is contained in scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to shame.
2:7 For you therefore that believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner;
2:8 and, A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; for they stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
2:9 But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for `God's' own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
2:10 who in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
2:11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul;
2:12 having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
2:13 Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether to the king, as supreme;
2:14 or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do well.
2:15 For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
2:16 as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
2:18 Servants, `be' in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
2:19 For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.
2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted `for it', ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer `for it', ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
2:21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:
2:22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
2:23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed `himself' to him that judgeth righteously:
2:24 who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
2:25 For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.