4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in Gods sight, and
5like 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.
6For 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.
7To 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,
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.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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