The First Epistle General of Peter
1 – Wherefore laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions,
2 – As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation:
3 – If so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
4 – Unto whom coming, as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and made honourable by God:
5 – Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 – Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.
7 – To you therefore that believe, he is honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
8 – And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set.
9 – But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 – Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy; but now have obtained mercy.
11 – Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul,
12 – Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works, which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 – Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as excelling;
14 – Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good:
15 – For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 – As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.
17 – Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 – Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 – For this is thankworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
20 – For what glory is it, if committing sin, and being buffeted for it, you endure? But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is thankworthy before God.
21 – For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.
22 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.
23 – Who, when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly.
24 – Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.
25 – For you were as sheep going astray; but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.
The Catholic Bible Online. Scriptures are from The Douay Rheims Catholic Bible 1582-1610 a.d. Version In the Public Domain. The Douay Rheims Bible is a translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate into English undertaken by members of the English College, Douai in the service of the Catholic Church.