“Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:10 Who in time past were not a people - Much less the people of God; but scattered individuals of many nations. The former part of the verse particularly respects the gentiles; the latter, the Jews.
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past [were] not a people. Not a people of God. See Ho 2:23, which Peter quotes. The prophets in many places foretold the call of the Gentiles. See Ro 9:25,26.