3 for you have tasted that the Lord is good. 2
4 Come to him, a living stone, 3 rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God,
5 and, like living stones, let yourselves be built 4 into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
9 5 But you are ＂a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises＂ of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
13 8 Be subject to every human institution for the Lord's sake, whether it be to the king as supreme
21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered 10 for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.
22 ＂He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.＂ 11
25 For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. 12
1 [1-3] Growth toward salvation is seen here as two steps: first, stripping away all that is contrary to the new life in Christ; second, the nourishment (pure spiritual milk) that the newly baptized have received.
3 [4-8] Christ is the cornerstone (cf Isaiah 28:16) that is the foundation of the spiritual edifice of the Christian community (1 Peter 2:5). To unbelievers, Christ is an obstacle and a stumbling block on which they are destined to fall (1 Peter 2:8); cf Romans 11:11.
5 [9-10] The prerogatives of ancient Israel mentioned here are now more fully and fittingly applied to the Christian people: ＂a chosen race＂ (cf Isaiah 43:20-21) indicates their divine election (Eph 1:4-6); ＂a royal priesthood＂ (cf Exodus 19:6) to serve and worship God in Christ, thus continuing the priestly functions of his life, passion, and resurrection; ＂a holy nation＂ (Exodus 19:6) reserved for God, a people he claims for his own (cf Malachi 3:17) in virtue of their baptism into his death and resurrection. This transcends all natural and national divisions and unites the people into one community to glorify the one who led them from the darkness of paganism to the light of faith in Christ. From being ＂no people＂ deprived of all mercy, they have become the very people of God, the chosen recipients of his mercy (cf Hosea 1:9; 2:23).
6 [2:11-3:12] After explaining the doctrinal basis for the Christian community, the author makes practical applications in terms of the virtues that should prevail in all the social relationships of the members of the community: good example to Gentile neighbors (1 Peter 2:11-12); respect for human authority (1 Peter 2:13-17); obedience, patience, and endurance of hardship in domestic relations (1 Peter 2:18-25); Christian behavior of husbands and wives (1 Peter 3:1-7); mutual charity (1 Peter 3:8-12).
7  Aliens and sojourners: no longer signifying absence from one's native land (Genesis 23:4), this image denotes rather their estrangement from the world during their earthly pilgrimage (see also 1 Peter 1:1, 17).
8 [13-17] True Christian freedom is the result of being servants of God (16; see the note on 1 Peter 2:18-23). It includes reverence for God, esteem for every individual, and committed love for fellow Christians (1 Peter 2:17). Although persecution may threaten, subjection to human government as urged (1 Peter 2:13, 17) and concern for the impact of Christians' conduct on those who are not Christians (1 Peter 2:12, 15).
9 [18-21] Most of the labor in the commercial cities of first-century
11 [22-25] After the quotation of Isaiah 53:9b, the passage describes Jesus' passion with phrases concerning the Suffering Servant from Isaiah 53:4-12, perhaps as employed in an early Christian confession of faith; cf 1 Peter 1:18-21 and 1 Peter 3:18-22.
12  The shepherd and guardian of your souls: the familiar shepherd and flock figures express the care, vigilance, and love of God for his people in the Old Testament (Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:11; Jeremiah 23:4-5; Ezekiel 34:11-16) and of Jesus for all humanity in the New Testament (Matthew 18:10-14; Luke 15:4-7; John 10:1-16; Hebrews 13:20).