KĔPHA 1 – 2

1 Having put aside, then, all evil, and all deceit, and hypocrisies, and envyings, and all evil words,

2 as newborn infants, desire the unadulterated milk of the Word, in order that you grow by it,

3 if indeed you have tasted that the Aḏon is good.

4 Drawing near to Him, a living Stone – rejected indeed by men, but chosen by 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 and precious –

5 you also, as living stones, are being built up, a spiritual house, a qodesh kehunnah, to offer up spiritual slaughter offerings acceptable to 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 through 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏 ha’Mashiaḥ.

6 Because it is contained in the Scripture, “See, I lay in Tsiyon a chief corner-stone, chosen, precious, and he who believes on Him shall by no means be put to shame.”

7 This esteem, then, is for you who believe; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone,”

8 and “A stone of stumbling and a rock that makes for falling,” who stumble because they are disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed.

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal kehunnah, a qodesh nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light,

10 who once were not a people, but now the people of Elohim; who had not obtained compassion, but now obtained compassion.

11 Beloved ones, I appeal to you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts which battle against the being,

12 having your behaviour among the gentiles good so that when they speak against you as evil-doers, let them, by observing your good works, esteem Elohim in a day of visitation.

13 Be subject to every institution of man because of the Aḏon, whether to the sovereign as supreme,

14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of doers of evil, and a praise for those who do good.

15 Because such is the desire of Elohim, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men,

16 as free, yet not using your freedom as a cloak for evil, but as servants of Elohim.

17 Respect all, love the brotherhood, revere Elohim, respect the sovereign.

18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the crooked ones.

19 For this is favour, if because of conscience toward Elohim anyone bears up under grief, suffering unrighteously.

20 For what credit is there in enduring a beating when you sin? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure, this is favour with Elohim.

21 For to this you were called, because Mashiaḥ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps,

22 “who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth,”

23 who, being reviled, did not revile in return; suffering, did not threaten, but committed to Him who judges righteously;

24 who Himself bore our sins in His body on the timber, so that we, having died to sins, might live unto righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.

25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your beings.