1 Peter 2 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Growing in Holiness
2 So abandon[a] every form of evil, deceit, hypocrisy,[b] feelings of jealousy and slander. 2 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure[c] spiritual milk of God’s Word.[d] For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life[e]— 3 especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness.[f]
4 So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone[g]—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God’s sight. 5 Come and be his “living stones”[h] who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests,[i] offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ. 6 For it says in Scripture:
7 As believers you know his great worth—indeed, his preciousness is imparted to you.[l] But for those who do not believe:
The stone that the builders rejected and discarded
A stone that makes them stumble
They keep stumbling over the message because they refuse to believe it. And this they were destined to do. 9 But you are God’s chosen treasure[o]—priests who are kings,[p] a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.[q] 10 For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it![r]
Living Godly Lives
11 My divinely loved friends, since you are resident aliens and foreigners in this world, I appeal to you to divorce yourselves from the evil desires that wage war within you.[s] 12 Live honorable lives as you mix with unbelievers, even though they accuse you of being evildoers. For they will see your beautiful works and have a reason to glorify God in the day he visits us.[t]
13 In order to honor the Lord, you must respect and defer to the authority of every human institution,[u] whether it be the highest ruler[v] 14 or the governors he puts in place to punish lawbreakers and to praise those who do what’s right. 15 For it is God’s will for you to silence the ignorance of foolish people[w] by doing what is right.
16 As God’s loving servants, you should live in complete freedom, but never use your freedom as a cover-up for evil. 17 Recognize the value of every person and continually show love to every believer. Live your lives with great reverence and in holy awe of God. Honor your rulers.
The Example of Christ’s Sufferings
18 Those who are servants,[x] submit to[y] the authority of those who are your masters—not only to those who are kind and gentle but even to those who are hard and difficult. 19 You find God’s favor by deciding to please God even when you endure hardships because of unjust suffering. 20 For what merit is it to endure mistreatment for wrongdoing? Yet if you are mistreated when you do what is right, and you faithfully endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 In fact, you were called to live this way, because Christ also suffered in your place, leaving you his example for you to follow.
22 He never sinned
23 When he was verbally abused, he did not return with an insult; when he suffered, he would not threaten retaliation.[aa] Jesus faithfully entrusted himself into the hands of God, who judges righteously. 24 He himself carried our sins[ab] in his body on the cross[ac] so that we would be dead to sin[ad] and live for righteousness. Our instant healing flowed from his wounding.[ae] 25 You were like sheep that continually wandered away,[af] but now you have returned to the true Shepherd of your lives—the kind Guardian who lovingly watches over your souls.
1 Peter 2 New International Version (NIV)
2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The Living Stone and a Chosen People
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
“A stone that causes people to stumble
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful 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.
Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your 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.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. 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. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22 “He committed no sin,
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. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[f] but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.