THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
Converts are newborn babes in Christ—He is the chief cornerstone—Saints hold a royal priesthood and are a peculiar people—We are in subjection to the laws of man.
laying aside all amalice
, and all bguile
, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil cspeakings
If so be ye have atasted
that the Lord is
To whom coming, as unto
a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but achosen
of God, and
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief acorner bstone
, elect, precious: and he that cbelieveth
on him shall not be dconfounded
Unto you therefore which believe he is
precious: but unto them which be adisobedient
, the stone which the builders bdisallowed
, the same is made the head of the corner,
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.
Having your conversation ahonest
among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your
, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
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.
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to asilence
of foolish men:
subject to your bmasters
with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the cfroward
For this is athankworthy
, if a man for conscience toward God endure bgrief
, suffering wrongfully.
For what glory is it,
if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it apatiently
? but if, when ye do well, and bsuffer for it,
ye take it cpatiently
, this is dacceptable
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also asuffered
for us, leaving us an bexample
, that ye should follow his steps:
Who did no asin
, neither was bguile
found in his mouth:
Who, when he was areviled
, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but bcommitted himself
to him that judgeth righteously:
Who his own self abare
in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose cstripes
ye were healed.
For ye were as asheep
going astray; but are now returned unto the bShepherd
of your souls.