But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer1 to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope2 that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
keeping a clear conscience,3 so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.417
It is better, if it is God's will,5 to suffer for doing good6 than for doing evil.
For Christ died for sins7 once for all,8 the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.9 He was put to death in the body10 but made alive by the Spirit,1119
through whoma also he went and preached to the spirits in prison1220
who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently13 in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.14 In it only a few people, eight in all,15 were saved16 through water,
and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you17 also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledgeb of a good conscience18 toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,1922
who has gone into heaven20 and is at God's right hand21--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.22