1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.
4 As you come to him, the living Stone--rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--
4 To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and] precious,
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices 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.
6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
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.
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,"
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,
8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.
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.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful 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:
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.
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.
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
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.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lords sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong 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.
15 For it is Gods will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
16 As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
17 Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
18 Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.
19 For this [is] thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before 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.
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should 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:
22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously:
24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
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.
25 For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have 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.