“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”*
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,* a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”*