1 Peter 2:1–5

Therefore, rid yourselvesu of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slanderv of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,w so that by it you may grow upx in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.y

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stonez—rejected by humans but chosen by Goda and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being builtb into a spiritual housea c to be a holy priesthood,d offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.e

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