Thematic Bible

1 Peter 2:1 (show verse)

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 Peter 2:2 (show verse)

[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,

1 Peter 2:3 (show verse)

since you have experienced the goodness of the Lord [i.e., that the Lord is good].

1 Peter 2:4 (show verse)

You should come to Him, who is a living stone, rejected by people, but chosen as precious in God's sight.

1 Peter 2:5 (show verse)

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.

1 Peter 2:6 (show verse)

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]."

1 Peter 2:7 (show verse)

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."

1 Peter 2:8 (show verse)

[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.

1 Peter 2:9 (show verse)

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].

1 Peter 2:10 (show verse)

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.

1 Peter 2:11 (show verse)

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.

1 Peter 2:12 (show verse)

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].

1 Peter 2:13 (show verse)

Submit yourselves to every authority set up by people for the Lord's sake. [Submit to] a king as the [highest] authority,

1 Peter 2:14 (show verse)

or to governors who are appointed by him to punish wrongdoers, and to commend those who do right.

1 Peter 2:15 (show verse)

For it is God's will that, by doing good, you should put to silence the ignorant [talk and actions] of foolish people.

1 Peter 2:16 (show verse)

As servants of God, you should live as free people, but do not use this freedom to cover up your wrongdoing.

1 Peter 2:17 (show verse)

Show [proper] respect for everyone. Love your [Christian] brothers [and sisters]. Have an awe-inspiring respect for God. Show honor to the king.

1 Peter 2:18 (show verse)

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.

1 Peter 2:19 (show verse)

For those of you who put up with such suffering unjustly, because of your close relationship to God, are to be commended.

1 Peter 2:20 (show verse)

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.

1 Peter 2:21 (show verse)

[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.

1 Peter 2:22 (show verse)

[For] He neither sinned nor used deceitful words.

1 Peter 2:23 (show verse)

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].

1 Peter 2:24 (show verse)

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.

1 Peter 2:25 (show verse)

For you people were wandering away like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.