2:1 So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander.
2:1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.

2:2 Like newborn babes, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation;
2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation--

2:3 for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.
2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

2:4 Come to him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious;
2:4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and

2:5 and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
2:5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

2:6 For it stands in scripture: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and he who believes in him will not be put to shame."
2:6 For it stands in scripture: "See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."

2:7 To you therefore who believe, he is precious, but for those who do not believe, "The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner,"
2:7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,"

2:8 and "A stone that will make men stumble, a rock that will make them fall"; for they stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
2:8 and "A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

2:10 Once you were no people but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.
2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

2:11 Beloved, I beseech you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul.
2:11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul.

2:12 Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
2:12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honorable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.

2:13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme,
2:13 For the Lord's sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme,

2:14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.
2:14 or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right.

2:15 For it is God's will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
2:15 For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish.

2:16 Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.
2:16 As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil.

2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
2:17 Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

2:18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to the kind and gentle but also to the overbearing.
2:18 Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh.

2:19 For one is approved if, mindful of God, he endures pain while suffering unjustly.
2:19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.

2:20 For what credit is it, if when you do wrong and are beaten for it you take it patiently? But if when you do right and suffer for it you take it patiently, you have God's approval.
2:20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's approval.

2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
2:21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

2:22 He committed no sin; no guile was found on his lips.
2:22 "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."

2:23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he trusted to him who judges justly.
2:23 When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.

2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

2:25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
2:25 For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.