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1 Peter 2

As Newborn Babes

1So put aside every trace of malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander and hateful speech; like newborn babies [you should] long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may be nurtured and grow in respect to salvation [its ultimate fulfillment], if in fact you have [already] tasted [a]the goodness and gracious kindness of the Lord.

As Living Stones

Come to Him [the risen Lord] as to a living Stone which men rejected and threw away, but which is choice and precious in the sight of God. You [believers], like living stones, are [b]being built up into a spiritual house for a holy and dedicated priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ. For this is contained in Scripture:

Behold, I am laying in Zion a chosen stone, a precious (honored) Cornerstone,
And he who believes in Him [whoever adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] will never be disappointed [in his expectations].”

This precious value, then, is for you who believe [in Him as God’s only Son—the Source of salvation]; but for those who disbelieve,

The [very] stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief Cornerstone,”

and,

“A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;

for they stumble because they disobey the word [of God], and to this they [who reject Him as Savior] were also appointed.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people [at all], but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges [those dishonorable desires] that wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that [c]for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God [d]in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].

Honor Authority

13 Submit yourselves to [the authority of] every human institution for the sake of the Lord [to honor His name], whether it is to a king as one in a position of power, 14 or to governors as sent by him to bring punishment to those who do wrong, and to praise and encourage those who do right. 15 For it is the will of God that by doing right you may silence (muzzle, gag) the [culpable] ignorance and irresponsible criticisms of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover or pretext for evil, but [use it and live] as bond-servants of God. 17 Show respect for all people [treat them honorably], love the brotherhood [of believers], fear God, honor the king.

18 [e]Servants, be submissive to your masters with all [proper] respect, not only to those who are good and kind, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19 For this finds favor, if a person endures the sorrow of suffering unjustly because of an [f]awareness of [the will of] God. 20 After all, what kind of credit is there if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you endure it patiently? But if when you do what is right and patiently bear [undeserved] suffering, this finds favor with God.

Christ Is Our Example

21 For [as a believer] you have been called for this purpose, since Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may follow in His footsteps. 22 He committed no sin, nor was deceit ever found in His mouth. 23 While being reviled and insulted, He did not revile or insult in return; while suffering, He made no threats [of vengeance], but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges fairly. 24 He personally carried our sins in His body on the [g]cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been [h]healed. 25 For you were continually wandering like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

  1. 1 Peter 2:3 Lit that the Lord is kind.
  2. 1 Peter 2:5 Or are to be built.
  3. 1 Peter 2:12 Lit in that which.
  4. 1 Peter 2:12 Another view interprets this as the day when the wicked are judged by God.
  5. 1 Peter 2:18 The Greek refers to household servants who may have been well-educated and managed the estate.
  6. 1 Peter 2:19 Lit conscience toward.
  7. 1 Peter 2:24 Lit wood.
  8. 1 Peter 2:24 Generally regarded as a reference to being spiritually healed from the illness of sin; however, many also consider physical healing to be included in Christ’s atoning death.

Nkwa Asem

Petro I 2

Onyankopɔn ankasa nkurɔfo

1Montwe mo ho mfi bɔne nyinaa, atoro anaa nyaatwom anaa anibere anaa oburu kasa ho. Monyɛ sɛ nkokoaa a bere biara sukɔm de mo sɛ mubenya honhom mu nufusu kronn anom na sɛ monom a, moanyin na wɔagye mo nkwa. Sɛnea Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Moaka Awurade ayamye no ahwɛ.” Mommra Awurade a ɔyɛ ɔbo a nkwa wom no nkyɛn. Ɔno na nnipa poo no, na Onyankopɔn yii no sɛ n’ade a ɛsom bo.

Mo nso mote sɛ abo a nkwa wɔ mu a, wɔnam so resi dan a honhom ahyɛ ma a ɛbɛyɛ asɔfo Kronkron fi a wɔnam Yesu Kristo so bɛbɔ afɔre a ɛho tew wɔ mu ama Onyankopɔn no. Na Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Mayi ɔbo a ɛho hia a mede bɛyɛ Sion tweatibo a obiara a obegye no adi no, wɔrenni no huammɔ.”

Saa ɔbo yi ho wɔ mfaso yiye ma mo a mugye di, na wɔn a wonnye nni no: “Ɔbo a abantofo apo no, ɛbɛyɛɛ tweatibo.” Wɔka bio wɔ Kyerɛwsɛm no mu se, “Saa ɔbo yi na ɛbɛma nnipa ahintiw; ɔbotan a ɛbɛma wɔahwe ase.” Wohintiwii efisɛ, na wonnye asɛm no nni. Saa na Onyankopɔn hyɛe.

Na mo de, moyɛ nnipa a wɔayi mo, sɛ ɔhene asɔfo, ɔman kronkron, Onyankopɔn ankasa nkurɔfo a wɔayi mo sɛ monka n’anwonwadwuma no ho asɛm. Ɔno na ɔfrɛɛ mo fi sum mu baa n’ankasa hann nwonwaso no mu.

10 Nna bi a atwam no, na monyɛ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo nanso afei, moyɛ ne nkurɔfo; nna bi a atwam no na munnim Onyankopɔn ahummɔbɔ no, nanso mprempren, moanya n’ahummɔbɔ no.

Onyankopɔn asomfo

11 M’adɔfo, mekasa kyerɛ mo sɛ ahɔho ne amamfrafo a mowɔ wiase. Montwe mo ho mfi honam akɔnnɔ a daa ɛne ɔkra no di asi no ho.

12 Mummu ɔbra pa wɔ manmufo a mofra wɔn mu no mu, na sɛ wɔka mo ho nsɛm sɛ moyɛ nnebɔneyɛfo a, wɔahu mo papa a moayɛ no nso nam so ahyɛ Onyankopɔn anuonyam ɛda a ɔbɛba no.

13 Mommrɛ mo ho ase wɔ Awurade din mu mma nnipa, Ɔhene Kɛse 14 ne amradofo a ɔno na ɔsomaa wɔn sɛ wɔntwe nnebɔneyɛfo aso na wɔnkamfo wɔn a wɔyɛ papa no no.

15 Onyankopɔn ahyɛde ne sɛ, ɔpɛ sɛ monam mo nneyɛe pa so ka nnipa a wɔkasa kwa no kasa no hyɛ. 16 Montena ase sɛ nnipa a mode mo ho. Na mommfa ɔde a mode mo ho no nnkata bɔne biara so. Na mmom montena ase sɛ Onyankopɔn asomfo.

17 Momfa nidi mma nnipa nyinaa. Monnɔ anuanom gyidifo. Munsuro Onyankopɔn, na mummu Ɔhempɔn.

18 Mo afi mu asomfo nso, mommrɛ mo ho ase mma mo wuranom, na munnni wɔn a wɔn yam ye na wɔn tirim yɛ mmrɛw nko ni na wɔn a wɔhyɛ nnipa so nso, munni wɔn ni. 19 Sɛ motɔ mo bo ase tena saa yaw a ɛmfata yi mu a, Onyankopɔn behyira mo, efisɛ, munim ne pɛ. 20 Na sɛ moyɛ bɔne na wɔhwe mo na munya ho boasetɔ a, mfaso bɛn na mubenya? Na sɛ moyɛ papa na wɔhwe mo na munya ho boasetɔ a, Onyankopɔn behyira mo. 21 Eyi nti na Onyankopɔn frɛɛ mo, efisɛ, Kristo no ankasa huu amane maa mo de saa nhwɛso no gyaw mo sɛnea mubedi n’anammɔn akyi. 22 Wanyɛ bɔne. Obiara ante atorosɛm biara amfi n’ano. 23 Wɔyaw no no, wanyaw bi antua ka. Ohuu amane no, wampoopoo n’ani na ɔde n’anidaso nyinaa hyɛɛ Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ Ɔtemmufo pa no mu. 24 Kristo no ankasa soaa yɛn bɔne wɔ ne honam mu kɔɔ asɛnnua no so sɛnea yebewu ama bɔne na yɛatena ase trenee mu. N’akuru mu na moanya ayaresa. 25 Na mote sɛ nguan a wɔayera nanso afei de, wɔde mo asan aba sɛ mummedi Oguanhwɛfo no ne mo Krasohwɛfo no akyi.