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

  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:5 I AM THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES HE THAT --- ABIDETH IN ME --- AND I IN HIM THE SAME BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT --FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING--1 JOHN 5:14 AND THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE --IN HIM-- THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL HE HEARETH US
  • BSP
    Verse 22: Jesus was perfect and did not sin and in imitation of him we want to do all we can to make sure that we don't deliberately sin.
  • A disciple
    "..THE COVETOUS WHOM THE LORD ABHORRETH" This is a part that many might think strange, or inconsistent with the New Testament dispensation of mercy and grace. But such thinking is really inconsistent with the moral excellence and love of the truth in God. Our lives do not consist in those things we would lust after, or possess, or how through them we would hope to be admired and accepted by men.
  • BSP
    Babies long for milk and we need to form a longing for God's Word in that same way.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 1:22 SEEING YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN SEE THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY --1:23-- BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTBLE SEED BUR OF INCORRUPTIBLE --- BY THE WORD OF GOD ---WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER PSALM 10:3 FOR THE WICKED BOASTETH OF HIS HEARTS DESIRE AND BLESSETH THE COVETOUS WHOM THE LORD ABHORRETH JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH --- PROFITETH NOTHING --- THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE JOHN 5:21 FOR AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD AND QUICKENETH THEM EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL MATTHEW 10:20 FOR IT IS NOT YOU THAT SPEAK BUT ---THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER --- WHICH SPEAKETH IN YOU PSLAM 140:8 GRANT NOT O LORD --- THE DESIRES OF THE WICKED ---FURTHER NOT HIS WICKED DEVICE LEST THEY EXALT THEMSELVES
  • Ren
    Don't forget Mark 2:10-11. 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
    11 I say unto thee,Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. KJV

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