1 Peter 3

Godly Living

1 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, 2as they observe your chaste and
Lit with respect
respectful behavior.
3 e  Your adornment must not be merely externalbraiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4but 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. 5For 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; 6just 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 Finally
To 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 instead
giving a v  blessing instead; for w  you were called for the very purpose that you might x  inherit a blessing.
10For, 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 you
there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?
14But even if you should ad  suffer for the sake of righteousness ae  you
Or would be
are blessed. ag  And do not fear their
Lit fear
intimidation, and do not be troubled,
15but
I.e. set apart
sanctify aj  Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready ak  to make a
Or argument; or explanation
defense 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 good
and 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.
17For at  it is better, au  if
Lit the will of God
God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
18For 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 Spirit
spirit;
19in
Or whom
which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison,
20who 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 flood
water.
21 bj  Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you— bk  not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God
Or from
for a bm  good consciencethrough 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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