1 Therefore, you should put out of your lives all malice [i.e., bad attitudes], and all deceit and hypocrisy, and all envy and unwholesome talk.
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.
2 [So], like newly born babies, you should desire the genuine, spiritual milk [i.e., God's word. See Heb. 5:12-13], so that by it you may grow toward [final] salvation,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2 Like newborn babies, thirst for the pure milk of the word so that by it you may grow in your salvation.
4 You should come to Him, who is a living stone, rejected by people, but chosen as precious in God's sight.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
4 Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God—
4 As you come to him, the living stone who was rejected by people but was chosen and precious in God's sight,
5 And you yourselves are also like living stones, being constructed into a spiritual house. For you are like holy priests who offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
5 you, too, as living stones, are building yourselves up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, so that you may offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus, the Messiah.
6 For it says in the Scripture [Isa. 28:16], "Look, I am placing a stone in [the city of] Zion [i.e., Jerusalem]. It is a specially selected, very valuable cornerstone. And the person who trusts in the Him [i.e., the One represented by this stone] will never have to suffer shame [i.e., because of unforgiven sin being brought up against him]."
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
6 This is why it says in Scripture: "Look! I am laying a chosen, precious cornerstone in Zion. The one who believes in him will never be ashamed."
7 To those of you who believe in Him then, this "Stone" is [very] precious. But to those who do not believe [Psa. 118:22 says], "The stone which those in charge of the building project have rejected has been made the principal stone for aligning the whole structure."
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
7 Therefore he is precious to you who believe, but to those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,
8 [And it also says, Isa. 8:14, that He would be], "A stone that people would stumble over and a rock over which they would trip and fall." The way they stumble is by disobeying the Gospel message. They were destined [though not forced] to do this.
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
8 a stone they stumble over and a rock they trip on." They keep on stumbling because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you people are especially chosen [by God]; you are a royal body of priests; you are a nation especially set apart for God's use; you are a people who belong exclusively to God, that you may express the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness [i.e., of sin and error], and into His marvelous light [i.e., righteousness and truth].
9 But you are (U)a chosen race, a royal (V)priesthood, a (W)holy nation, (X)a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you (Y)out of darkness into His marvelous light;
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
9 But you are a chosen race,(k)(M)(l) a royal priesthood,(N)(m)a holy nation,(O)(n) a people for His possession,(P)(o)so that you may proclaim the praises(p)(Q)(q)of the One who called you out of darknessinto His marvelous light.(R)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 At one time you [Gentiles] were not a [chosen] people, but now you are God's [special] people. Once you had not received [His] mercy, but now you have received it.
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 My dearly loved ones, I urge you, as a people who are foreigners and strangers [in this world], do not give in to sinful desires, which wage war against the soul.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and exiles to keep on abstaining from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul.
12 You should live such good lives before [unconverted] Gentiles, so that even though they accuse you of being evildoers, by seeing your good deeds, they will [be led to] honor God [for you] on the day He visits us again [i.e., to bring judgment].
12 (AF)Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they (AG)slander you as evildoers, they may (n)because of your good deeds, as they observe them, (AH)glorify God (AI)in the day of (o)visitation.
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
12 Conduct(X) yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,(s) so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.(t)(Y)
12 Continue to live such upright lives among the gentiles that, when they slander you as practicers of evil, they may see your good actions and glorify God when he visits them.
13 Submit yourselves to every authority set up by people for the Lord's sake. [Submit to] a king as the [highest] authority,
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
13 For the Lord's sake submit yourselves to every human authority: whether to the king as supreme,
14 or to governors who are appointed by him to punish wrongdoers, and to commend those who do right.
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good.
14 or to governors who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
15 For it is God's will that, by doing good, you should put to silence the ignorant [talk and actions] of foolish people.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
15 For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
16 As servants of God, you should live as free people, but do not use this freedom to cover up your wrongdoing.
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
16 Live like free people, and do not use your freedom as an excuse for doing evil. Instead, be God's servants.
17 Show [proper] respect for everyone. Love your [Christian] brothers [and sisters]. Have an awe-inspiring respect for God. Show honor to the king.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
17 Honor everyone. Keep on loving the community of believers, fearing God, and honoring the king.
18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters and show them respect, not just the ones who are good [to you] and treat you well, but also to those who are harsh toward you.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
18 You household servants must submit yourselves to your masters out of respect, not only to those who are kind and fair, but also to those who are unjust.
19 For those of you who put up with such suffering unjustly, because of your close relationship to God, are to be commended.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
19 For it is a fine thing if, when moved by your conscience to please God, you suffer patiently when wronged.
20 But it is no credit to you if you put up with a beating you deserve. But if you patiently tolerate suffering for doing good, this is pleasing to God.
20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if (AX)when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds (v)favor with God.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
20 What good does it do if, when you sin, you patiently receive punishment for it? But if you suffer for doing good and receive it patiently, you have God's approval.
21 [After all], this is what you were called to do, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you would follow in His steps.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
21 This is, in fact, what you were called to do, because: The Messiah also suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps.
22 [For] He neither sinned nor used deceitful words.
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
22 "He never sinned, and he never told a lie."
23 When He was spoken to with harsh insults, He did not reply in the same way. When He was made to suffer, He did not threaten [His tormentors], but instead entrusted Himself to God, [whom He knew] would make a righteous judgment [in the matter].
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
23 When he was insulted, he did not retaliate. When he suffered, he did not threaten. It was his habit to commit the matter to the one who judges fairly.
24 Jesus took upon Himself our sins [when] His body was placed upon the cross so that we, [through] dying to [i.e., giving up] the sinful life, would live for righteousness. You were healed [from your sins] by His being brutally treated.
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
24 "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the tree, so that we might die to those sins and live righteously. "By his wounds you have been healed."
25 For you people were wandering away like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
25 You were "like sheep that kept going astray," but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls.
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