New American Standard Bible
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household,
King James Bible
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Darby Bible Translation
So then ye are no longer strangers and foreigners, but ye are fellow-citizens of the saints, and of the household of God,
World English Bible
So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,
Young's Literal Translation
Then, therefore, ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens of the saints, and of the household of God,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners - You are reckoned with the people of God. You are entitled to their privileges, and are not to be regarded as outcasts and aliens. The meaning is, that they belonged to the same community - the same family - as the people of God. The word rendered "strangers" - ξένοι xenoi - means "foreigners in state," as opposed to citizens. The word rendered "foreigners" - πάροικοι paroikoi - means "guests in a private family," as opposed to the members of the family. "Rosenmuller." Strangers and such as proposed to reside for a short time in Athens, were permitted to reside in the city, and to pursue their business undisturbed, but they could perform no public duty; they had no voice in the public deliberations, and they had no part in the management of the state. They could only look on as spectators, without mingling in the scenes of state, or interfering in any way in the affairs of the government.
They were bound humbly to submit to all the enactments of the citizens, and observe all the laws and usages of the republic. It was not even allowed them to transact any business in their own name, but they were bound to choose from among the citizens one to whose care they committed themselves as a patron, and whose duty it was to guard them against all injustice and wrong Potter's Greek Ant. i. 55. Proselytes, who united themselves to the Jews, were also called in the Jewish writings, "strangers." All foreigners were regarded as "strangers," and Jews only were supposed to have near access to God. But now, says the apostle, this distinction is taken away, and the believing pagan, as well as the Jew, has the right of citizenship in the New Jerusalem, and one, as well as another, is a member of the family of God. "Burder," Ros. Alt. u. neu. Morgertland, in loc. The meaning here is, that they had not come to sojourn merely as guests or foreigners, but were a part of the family itself, and entitled to all the privileges and hopes which others had.
But fellow-citizens with the saints - Belonging to the same community with the people of God.
And of the household of God - Of the same family. Entitled to the same privileges, and regarded by him as his children; see Ephesians 3:15.
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So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.
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