1 Peter 2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Live as God’s Chosen People
1So get rid of every kind of evil, every kind of deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander. 2Desire God’s pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation. 3Certainly you have tasted that the Lord is good!
4You are coming to Christ, the living stone who was rejected by humans but was chosen as precious by God. 5You come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood. So offer spiritual sacrifices that God accepts through Jesus Christ. 6That is why Scripture says,
“I am laying a chosen and precious cornerstone in Zion,
and the person who believes in him
will never be ashamed.”
7This honor belongs to those who believe. But to those who don’t believe:
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,
8a stone that people trip over,
a large rock that people find offensive.”
The people tripped over the word because they refused to believe it. Therefore, this is how they ended up.
9However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not God’s people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy.
11Dear friends, since you are foreigners and temporary residents in the world, I’m encouraging you to keep away from the desires of your corrupt nature. These desires constantly attack you. 12Live decent lives among unbelievers. Then, although they ridicule you as if you were doing wrong while they are watching you do good things, they will praise God on the day he comes to help you.
Father I pray this Word over your people; that they would examine themselves to assure that they are truly exhibiting the character traits of a chosen, holy nation of a royal priesthood; for surely this world of unbelievers can be apprehended by no less than this. And let us not be dismayed or discouraged by the rejection that is sure to come as we proclaim the Truth of your Word. Lord send your Holy Spirit to Teach us and lead us in the way of Righteousness and Truth that we may be effective witnesses of Yeshua/Jesus Christ our soon coming King! As the world grows darker, I pray that your people will even more be the Lights that you’ve called them to be; that the church will become the “ground and pillar” of Truth and that you will be glorified. I pray this and all things in the matchless name of Yeshua HaMashiach/Jesus Christ….Amen.