1 Peter 2

1 Peter 2 is the second chapter of the First Epistle of Peter in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The author identifies himself as "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ" and the epistle is traditionally attributed to Peter the Apostle, but some writers argue that it is the work of Peter's followers in Rome between 70 and 100 CE.[1][2][3]

The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 25 verses.

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking

The admonition which starts here "stands, as οὖν (oun, "therefore") shows, in close connection with what precedes in ":[7] Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth ....[8]

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
The Greek text of 1 Peter 2:7-12 (left) and 2:12-17 (right) in Papyrus 72 from 3rd/4th century.
Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

This section addresses the distinctness of the believers' communities which is preserved when their conduct is good by God's standards.[15]

Slaves, and also wives in the next chapter, were two vulnerable groups. Commentator Eric Eve suggests that the advice directly concerns their welfare, but it is also indirectly employed to offer examples of proper submission for Christians.[15]