Put away malice and deceit,
Hypocrisy and all slander;
Being envious can defeat,
From looking at things with candor.
As newborn babes do desire,
Longing for pure spiritual milk;
For the growth you may acquire,
With salvation as smooth as silk.
You tasted that the Lord is good,
Experiencing so gracious;
Conforming us to adulthood,
As spiritually veracious.
A living stone refused by men,
But in sight of God selected;
So precious for what will happen,
Did as the Father directed.
You are living stones being built,
As part of a spiritual house;
A holy priesthood free from guilt,
Preparing for Christ and His spouse.
For I am laying as a stone,
As God’s chosen and so precious;
With Jesus as a cornerstone,
In which makes God victorious.
Whoever believes has no shame,
As to honor who will believe;
Rejected for what you proclaim,
By many others who deceive.
A stumbling stone as an offense,
They stumble as they disobey;
Destined to have a consequence,
As they travel the curved pathway.
But we are as the chosen race,
Priesthood of a holy nation;
That the Father has shed His grace,
For giving all us salvation.
Keep your conduct honorable,
As they are speaking against you;
That your deeds are admirable,
Glorifying God what is true.
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