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1.  Having put aside, then, all evil, and all deceit, and hypocrisies, and envyings, and all evil words, (Topics: Think and speak this way...)
2.  as newborn babes, desire the unadulterated milk of the Word, in order that you grow by it,
3.  if indeed you have tasted that the Master is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People...
4.  Drawing near to Him, a living Stone - rejected indeed by men, but chosen by Elohim and precious -
5.  you also, as living stones, are being built up, a spiritual house, a set-apart priesthood, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings acceptable to Elohim through Yahushua Messiah.
6.  Because it is contained in the Scripture, 'See, I lay in Tsiyon a chief corner-stone, chosen, precious, and he who believes on Him shall by no means be put to shame.' (See also: Psalms 118:22, Isaiah 28:16)
7.  This preciousness, then, is for you who believe; but to those who are disobedient, 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone,' (See also: Psalm 118:22)
8.  and `A stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling,` who stumble because they are disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed. (See also: Isaiah 8:14)
9.  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light, (See also: Exodus 19:6, Deuteronomy 10:15, Deuteronomy 14:2, Isaiah 61:6, Isaiah 43:21) (Topics: A Peculiar, Set-Apart People...)
10.  who once were not a people, but now the people of Elohim; who had not obtained compassion, but now obtained compassion. (See also: Hosea 1:9-10, Hosea 2:23)
11.  Beloved ones, I appeal to you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts which battle against the life,
12.  having your behaviour among the gentiles good so that when they speak against you as evil-doers, let them, by observing your good works, esteem Elohim in a day of visitation.
Submission to Rulers and Masters...
13.  Be subject to every institution of man because of the Master, whether to the sovereign as supreme, (Topics: Think and speak this way...)
14.  or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of doers of evil, and a praise for those who do good. (Topics: Think and speak this way...)
15.  Because such is the desire of Elohim, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men, (Topics: Think and speak this way...)
16.  as free, yet not using your freedom as a cloak for evil, but as servants of Elohim.
17.  Respect all, love the brotherhood, fear Elohim, respect the sovereign. (Topics: Think and speak this way...)
18.  Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the crooked ones.
19.  For this is favour, if because of conscience toward Elohim anyone bears up under grief, suffering unrighteously.
20.  For what credit is there in enduring a beating when you sin? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure, this finds favour with Elohim.
21.  For to this you were called, because Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps,
22.  'who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth,' (See also: Isaiah 53:9)
23.  who, being reviled, did not revile in return; suffering, did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24.  who Himself bore our sins in His body on the timber, so that we, having died to sins, might live unto righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed. (See also: Isaiah 53:4-5, Isaiah 53:12, 2 Corinthians 5:21) (Topics: What is Righteousness?)
25.  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your lives. (See also: Isaiah 53:6)
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