1 Peter 2:9

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But yee are a chosen generation, a royall Priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that yee should shewe forth the praises of him, who hath called you out of darknes into his marueilous light:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR {God's} OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But ye are a elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for `God's' own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But you are a special people, a holy nation, priests and kings, a people given up completely to God, so that you may make clear the virtues of him who took you out of the dark into the light of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

But *ye* [are] a chosen race, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a possession, that ye might set forth the excellencies of him who has called you out of darkness to his wonderful light;
- Darby Bible

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
- Webster's Bible

But you are a chosen race, a priesthood of kingly lineage, a holy nation, a people belonging specially to God, that you may make known the perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
- Weymouth Bible

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
- World English Bible

But ye ben a chosun kyn, a kyngli preesthod, hooli folc, a puple of purchasing, that ye telle the vertues of hym, that clepide you fro derknessis in to his wondirful liyt.
- Wycliffe Bible

and ye [are] a choice race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people acquired, that the excellences ye may shew forth of Him who out of darkness did call you to His wondrous light;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 2:9


2:9 But ye - Who believe in Christ Are - In a higher sense than ever the Jews were. A chosen or elect race, a royal priesthood - Kings and priests unto God, #Rev 1:6|. As princes, ye have power with God, and victory over sin, the world, and the devil: as priests, ye are consecrated to God, for offering spiritual sacrifices. Ye Christians are as one holy nation, under Christ your King. A purchased people - Who are his peculiar property. That ye may show forth - By your whole behaviour, to all mankind. The virtues - The excellent glory, the mercy, wisdom, and power of him, Christ, who hath called you out of the darkness of ignorance, error, sin, and misery.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 2:9


1Pe 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation. "An elect race" (Revised Version). God's chosen race, like ancient Israel. Christians are now the chosen people (Isa 43:21). A royal priesthood. See Ex 19:6. The Hebrew passage which Peter refers to means "a kingdom of priests". Either this is its meaning, or that all in it, "anointed ones" like Christ, are in some sense like him, priest-kings. An holy nation. Set apart to God. A peculiar people. "A people for [God's] own possession" (Revised Version). Differing from the world in life. That ye should shew forth. They differ from the world that their holy lives may shine as a light and honor God. Out of darkness. In this verse and 1Pe 2:10 Peter surely has in mind Gentile Christians.

Discussion for 1 Peter 2:9

  • Sheilah Martin Lindoff for verse 9
    So wonderful to read comments from around the world, the body of Christ, verse 9 'that you should show forth the virtues , praises of Him who called us out of darkness' One day in heaven we will once again share some of the how as we bask in His marvellous light. Praise Him forever. Amen
  • Nkechi Ubakanma for verse 9
    God is setting us apart to fulfil divine destiny,separating from darkness and bringing us out to behold the light of his word. It 's so awesome.
  • Silindile for verse 9
    owww we were chosen long before the word says he chose us before the foundation of the world he chose us loved us God he is wonderfull we thank you Jesus for your blood.
  • Basetsana Mahape for verse 9
    we have been redeemed from sin and all curses related to sin.No longer ordinary but kingly leneage above the circumstances no wonder the bible admonish us not to walk by sight but by faith. Thanks to Jesus.
  • Basetsana Mahape for verse 9
    we have been redeemed from sin and all curses related to sin.No longer ordinary but kingly leneage above the circumstances no wonder the bible admonish us not to walk by sight but by faith. Thanks to Jesus.
  • it is with greater privilege for us for GOD to have declared us as HIS chosen generation it is very overwhelming all we need to do is to Praise and Worship Him constantly FOR IT IS FINISHED all the powers of darkness have been destroyed for us to live freely THANK YOU LORD JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD

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