New International Reader's Version

1 Peter 2

1So get rid of every kind of evil, and stop telling lies. Don’t pretend to be something you are not. Stop wanting what others have, and don’t speak against one another. Like newborn babies, you should long for the pure milk of God’s word. It will help you grow up as believers. You can do this now that you have tasted how good the Lord is.

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

Christ is the living Stone. People did not accept him, but God chose him. God places the highest value on him. You also are like living stones. As you come to Christ, you are being built into a house for worship. There you will be holy priests. You will offer spiritual sacrifices. God will accept them because of what Jesus Christ has done. In Scripture it says,

“Look! I am placing a stone in Zion.
    It is a chosen and very valuable stone.
    It is the most important stone in the building.
The one who trusts in him
    will never be put to shame.” (Isaiah 28:16)

This stone is very valuable to you who believe. But to people who do not believe,

“The stone the builders did not accept
    has become the most important stone of all.” (Psalm 118:22)

And,

“It is a stone that causes people to trip.
    It is a rock that makes them fall.” (Isaiah 8:14)

They trip and fall because they do not obey the message. That is also what God planned for them.

But God chose you to be his people. You are royal priests. You are a holy nation. You are God’s special treasure. You are all these things so that you can give him praise. God brought you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people. But now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy. But now you have received mercy.

Living Godly Lives Among People Who Don’t Believe

11 Dear friends, you are outsiders and those who wander in this world. So I’m asking you not to give in to your sinful desires. They fight against your soul. 12 People who don’t believe might say you are doing wrong. But lead good lives among them. Then they will see your good deeds. And they will give glory to God on the day he comes to judge.

13 Follow the lead of every human authority. Do this for the Lord’s sake. Obey the emperor. He is the highest authority. 14 Obey the governors. The emperor sends them to punish those who do wrong. He also sends them to praise those who do right. 15 By doing good you will put a stop to the talk of foolish people. They don’t know what they are saying. 16 Live as free people. But don’t use your freedom to cover up evil. Live as people who are God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone. Love the family of believers. Have respect for God. Honor the emperor.

18 Slaves, obey your masters out of deep respect for God. Obey not only those who are good and kind. Obey also those who are not kind. 19 Suppose a person suffers pain unfairly because they want to obey God. This is worthy of praise. 20 But suppose you receive a beating for doing wrong, and you put up with it. Will anyone honor you for this? Of course not. But suppose you suffer for doing good, and you put up with it. God will praise you for this. 21 You were chosen to do good even if you suffer. That’s because Christ suffered for you. He left you an example that he expects you to follow. 22 Scripture says,

“He didn’t commit any sin.
    No lies ever came out of his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9)

23 People shouted at him and made fun of him. But he didn’t do the same thing back to them. When he suffered, he didn’t say he would make them suffer. Instead, he trusted in the God who judges fairly. 24 “He himself carried our sins” in his body on the cross. (Isaiah 53:5) He did it so that we would die as far as sins are concerned. Then we would lead godly lives. “His wounds have healed you.” (Isaiah 53:5) 25 “You were like sheep wandering away.” (Isaiah 53:6) But now you have returned to the Shepherd. He is the one who watches over your souls.

Nueva Versión Internacional (Castilian)

1 Pedro 2

1Por lo tanto, abandonando toda maldad y todo engaño, hipocresía, envidias y toda calumnia, desead con ansias la leche pura de la palabra,[a] como niños recién nacidos. Así, por medio de ella, creceréis en vuestra salvación, ahora que habéis probado lo bueno que es el Señor.

La piedra viva y su pueblo escogido

Cristo es la piedra viva, rechazada por los seres humanos, pero escogida y preciosa ante Dios. Al acercaros a él, también vosotros sois como piedras vivas, con las cuales se está edificando una casa espiritual. De este modo llegáis a ser un sacerdocio santo, para ofrecer sacrificios espirituales que Dios acepta por medio de Jesucristo. Así dice la Escritura:

«Mirad que pongo en Sión
    una piedra principal escogida y preciosa,
y el que confíe en ella
    no será jamás defraudado».[b]

Para vosotros, los creyentes, esta piedra es preciosa; pero, para los incrédulos,

«la piedra que desecharon los constructores
    ha llegado a ser la piedra angular»,[c]

y también:

«una piedra de tropiezo
    y una roca que hace caer».[d]

Tropiezan al desobedecer la palabra, para lo cual estaban destinados.

Pero vosotros sois linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, nación santa, pueblo que pertenece a Dios, para que proclaméis las obras maravillosas de aquel que os llamó de las tinieblas a su luz admirable. 10 Antes ni siquiera erais pueblo, pero ahora sois pueblo de Dios; antes no habíais recibido misericordia, pero ahora ya la habéis recibido.

11 Queridos hermanos, os ruego como a extranjeros y peregrinos en este mundo que os apartéis de los deseos pecaminosos[e] que combaten contra la vida. 12 Mantened entre los incrédulos[f] una conducta tan ejemplar que, aunque os acusen de hacer el mal, ellos observen vuestras buenas obras y glorifiquen a Dios en el día de la salvación.[g]

Sumisión a los gobernantes y a los superiores

13 Someteos, por causa del Señor, a toda autoridad humana, ya sea al rey, como suprema autoridad, 14 o a los gobernadores que él envía para castigar a los que hacen el mal y reconocer a los que hacen el bien. 15 Porque esta es la voluntad de Dios: que, practicando el bien, hagáis callar la ignorancia de los insensatos. 16 Eso es actuar como personas libres que no os valéis de vuestra libertad para disimular la maldad, sino que vivís como siervos de Dios. 17 Dad a todos el debido respeto: amad a los hermanos, temed a Dios, respetad al rey.

18 Criados, someteos con todo respeto a vuestros amos, no solo a los buenos y comprensivos, sino también a los insoportables. 19 Porque es digno de elogio que, por sentido de responsabilidad delante de Dios, se soporten las penalidades, aun sufriendo injustamente. 20 Pero ¿cómo podéis atribuiros mérito alguno si soportáis que os maltraten por hacer el mal? En cambio, si sufrís por hacer el bien, eso merece elogio delante de Dios. 21 Para esto fuisteis llamados, porque Cristo sufrió por vosotros, dándoos ejemplo para que sigáis sus pasos.

22 «Él no cometió ningún pecado,
    ni hubo engaño en su boca».[h]

23 Cuando proferían insultos contra él, no replicaba con insultos; cuando padecía, no amenazaba, sino que se entregaba a aquel que juzga con justicia. 24 Él mismo, en su cuerpo, llevó al madero nuestros pecados, para que muramos al pecado y vivamos para la justicia. Por sus heridas habéis sido sanados. 25 Antes erais como ovejas descarriadas, pero ahora habéis vuelto al Pastor que cuida[i] de vuestras vidas.

Notas al pie

  1. 2:2 leche pura de la palabra. Alt. leche espiritual pura.
  2. 2:6 Is 28:16
  3. 2:7 Sal 118:22
  4. 2:8 Is 8:14
  5. 2:11 pecaminosos. Lit. carnales.
  6. 2:12 incrédulos. Lit. gentiles.
  7. 2:12 de la salvación. Alt. del juicio. Lit. de la visitación.
  8. 2:22 Is 53:9
  9. 2:25 Pastor que cuida. Lit. Pastor y Obispo.