1 Peter 3
Godly Living1 a In the same way, you wives b be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be c won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and ▼
▼ Lit with respectrespectful behavior. 3 e Your adornment must not be merely external— braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be f the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also g who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham h calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right ▼
▼ Lit and are not, j without being frightened by any fear. 7 k You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with ▼
▼ Lit a weaker vessel, m someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 8 ▼
▼ Or FinallyTo sum up, o all of you be harmonious, sympathetic p brotherly q kindhearted, and r humble in spirit; 9 s not returning evil for evil or t insult for insult, but ▼
▼ Lit blessing insteadgiving a v blessing instead; for w you were called for the very purpose that you might x inherit a blessing. 10 For, y “The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 z “He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 aa “For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 ab Who is ▼
▼ Lit the one who will harm youthere to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should ad suffer for the sake of righteousness ae you ▼
▼ Or would beare blessed. ag And do not fear their ▼
▼ Lit fearintimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but ▼
▼ I.e. set apartsanctify aj Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready ak to make a ▼
▼ Or argument; or explanationdefense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the am hope that is in you, yet an with gentleness and ▼
▼ Or fear, ap reverence; 16 ▼
▼ Lit having a goodand keep a ar good conscience so that in the thing in which as you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For at it is better, au if ▼
▼ Lit the will of GodGod should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For aw Christ also died for sins ax once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might ay bring us to God, having been put to death az in the flesh, but made alive ba in the ▼
▼ Or Spiritspirit; 19 in ▼
▼ Or whomwhich also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, 20 who once were disobedient, when the bd patience of God be kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of bf the ark, in which a few, that is, bg eight bh persons, were brought safely through the ▼
▼ I.e. the great floodwater. 21 bj Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you— bk not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God ▼
▼ Or fromfor a bm good conscience— through bn the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 bo who is at the right hand of God bp having gone into heaven bq after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.
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