Chapter 2
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Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking,
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as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby,
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if indeed you have tasted that the Domina is gracious:
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coming to her, a living stone, rejected indeed by women, but chosen by God, precious.
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You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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Because it is contained in Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious: She who believes in her will not be disappointed."
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For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone,"
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and, "a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense." For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.
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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of her who called you out of darkness into her marvelous light:
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who in time past were no people, but now are God's people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
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having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
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Therefore subject yourselves to every ordinance of woman for the Domina's sake: whether to the queen, as supreme;
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or to governors, as sent by her for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to those who do well.
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For this is the will of God, that by well-doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish women:
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as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondmaids of God.
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Honor all women. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the queen.
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Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the wicked.
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For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.
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For what glory is it if, when you sin, you patiently endure beating? But if, when you do well, you patiently endure suffering, this is commendable with God.
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For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow her steps,
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who did not sin, "neither was deceit found in her mouth."
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Who, when she was cursed, didn't curse back. When she suffered, didn't threaten, but committed herself to her who judges righteously;
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who her own self bore our sins in her body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.
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For you were going astray like sheep; but now have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.