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Citizens of the world and God’s kingdom.

BibleGateway: 1 Peter 2:9-17

ESV Text: 1 Peter 2:9-17

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:5 and ends at about 2:31

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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: 10 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. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

     13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 577:
God Bless Our Native Land

— Organ Audio

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1. God bless our native land! 
Firm may she ever stand 
Thro’ storm and night! 
When the wild tempests rave, 
Ruler of wind and wave 
Do Thou our country save 
By Thy great might. 

2. For her our prayer shall rise 
To God above the skies; 
On Him we wait. 
Thou who art ever nigh, 
Guarding with watchful eye, 
To Thee aloud we cry, 
God save the State! Amen.