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1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings, 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 10 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. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 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. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, 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 a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

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1 angela h = "Peter tells us at the end of the last chapter that we should keep in mind that all flesh shall be destroyed. We should build up our spirits not our flesh. Keeping this in mind we should have a genuine love for our brethren. This is a small list of things we should not do. If we do these things it hurts our brethren. If we are hurting our brothers and sisters in Christ, we are hurting Christ."
2 Cary W = "Since we have tasted the grace of the Lord, we are strongly encouraged to lay aside all else, especially ill motives, complaints, and competitions.Only the child-like shall see Him or His kingdom, so to that aim, we must daily, hourly, seek to hunger for His nurturing word and presence, just as a babe longs for the purity of his mothers milk!"
3 angela h = "This letter is written to all believers. Here Peter is saying they are new believers (babes) and should "desire the sincere milk of the word" (basic doctrine). "That ye may grow thereby:" suggests that we should not stay on milk. It would be ridiculous to only give your 5 year old infant formula. The same is true for believers. We should grow in Christ and become less needy and more helpful. See I Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14.In these verses Paul and the writer of Hebrews urge believers to grow up so that they can get more in depth with their faith. "
4 Sara Di Diego = "A baby does not question why they must have milk, or analyze the pros and cons of having milk.  Instead, newborns happily grab it, accept it, want it.  There is childlike wonder tied with the Gospel, in which one's sins are all erased and there is a hope for eternal life.  It is no wonder, that Peter compares Christians to newborn babies.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/1-peter/1-peter-2.html"
5 angela h = "Receiving the milk shows the grace of the Lord. This we should never forget....God has been gracious to us when we were unworthy, so we should be to others. Christ is our example. What if He treated us the same as we treat others? Where would we be then?"
6 Sara Di Diego = "This is taken from Psalm 34:8."
7 angela h = "This verse is referring to Jesus. He came to us as a solid foundation. Men rejected and crucified Him. God had bigger plans than men could ever imagine. "..whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21."
8 angela h = "Peter is talking about us! God wants to use us to build up His Kingdom! Being "lively stones" means we are to seek and find our place (bricks just laying around don't serve any purpose); work with other Christians (if we only bicker and argue we are not strong together and can be breached); and remember always, we are nothing without our Cornerstone (JESUS)."
9 Sarah R = "Parallel verses:1 Corinthians 6:19 ¨Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?¨Ephesians 2:19-20 ¨Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.¨ "
10 angela h = "Peter is referring to Isaiah 28:16. If we read on a couple more verses we find that "our covenant with death has been disannulled" and our "agreement with hell shall not stand".Jesus saves! Jesus saves!"
11 angela h = "For us who believe Jesus is precious. For those who refuse to accept Jesus, they will be judged according to His words. "
12 Cary W = "I remember well, this day, thirty-seven years later, the moment Christ Jesus entered my heart and life, and instantly I was translated from being a blind, ordinary, ignorant human to a joint heir of Christ, delivered out of the devils kingdom of sin and darkness into His Glorious Presence and Kingdom.In one act of pure faith, he transforms us from our limited, lowly, worldly selves into a chosen generation, making each of us a priest in His Temple, a holy nation, that demonstrates the praises of Him Who calls each of by name into His invisible kingdom!"
13 angela h = "We didn't belong to God in the past. Once we are saved we belong to the best family ever... the family of God. From darkness to light and from hell to life. God is good!"
14 Cary W = "Each of us are called to be priests of God, ministers of His Spirit and Word, so that we may enjoy the fellowship of God and of all whom He has called into His marvelous light."
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16 angela h = "Royal priesthood-others should be able to look to us to teach them the things of GodHoly nation- set apart body of believersPeculiar people-different; not like the rest of the world"
17 angela h = "That is strangers and pilgrims in this world. Heaven is our home!We should act like children of God, not children of the world.  We trouble our own soul when we sin."
18 angela h = "We should act like  Kingdom citizens all of the time. We are ambassadors to the Kingdom of God. We represent Him everywhere we go.Unbelievers will remember their criticism of us on the Day of the Lord. See  Revelation 3:9-10; Philippians 2:10-11."
19 Sara Di Diego = "Peter is referring, and applauding, to the austere conduct of Christians at this time period.  No Christian was in jail for anything other than their faith.  They did not attend gladiator shows, as they would be excommunicated from the faith if they did so.  They allowed slaves and servants to worship with them, which was very different from non-Christians.  Christians, at this time in history, were able to convert through their actions of love.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/1-peter/1-peter-2.html"
20 angela h = "We should obey every law that does not go against God. God doesn't want His people to be anarchist. We are to keep peace if we can. See Romans 12:18.We see in Acts 5:29 that Peter says we should obey God first. So if any laws go against God we are exempt from them. "
21 angela h = "Governments are divinely ordained, however we see many corrupt governments (especially in this age). Paul tells us to pray for our governments. If they are corrupt, they are lost. See I Timothy 2:1-4."
22 angela h = "Being saved and under the blood, we are not held accountable to the law (which we have all broken at one time or another). See Romans 8:1-2. We are never to flaunt this freedom. We are still ambassadors to the Kingdom of God. We should act accordingly. Our King, Jesus, is our example of how to treat others. In time, if we "love our neighbor as ourselves" we may win them to Christ."
23 angela h = "This is simple, straightforward advice.  Give everyone respect. God made man in His own image, we have no right to disrespect men.  See James 3:9.Love the brotherhood. We might as well get used to each-other now. We will be spending eternity together.Respect God. He is awesome!Honor our leaders and pray for them. See verses 13&14."
24 angela h = "In our culture we could apply this to our employment. Every boss is not pleasant and understanding. But if we work "as unto the Lord" (Colossians 3:23) they will see the difference in us. This will at least make them curious and will open an opportunity to share Jesus with them. Anyone can be kind to others who are kind, but it takes the love of Jesus to be kind to the undeserving."
25 angela h = "We are reminded here of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He did have to suffer (John 10:17-18). He suffered for us--to save us. Again, if we are different, it will make others curious and will open doors for us to share Jesus."
26 angela h = "Jesus is the Shepherd of our souls. That means when we go to places and do things we ought not, He will come get us.Many times we take for granted the sacrifice Jesus made. He had NO sin. He took on our sin. The Father could not even look at Him at that time. See Matthew 27:46.Think about that! Jesus was separated from The Father at that moment. How alone He must have been. He did this for you and me!"
27 Cary W = "Does this remind you of the vision given Isaiah in chapter 53?  If He suffered here, so shall we while we live here.  Yet He gives us greater hope, having already bore on His own body the penalty of our failings.  By His stripes are we healed.  Glory to God!"
28 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Christian Verses for Those in Need of Healing"