1 Peter 3:13-22 NIV

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

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14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threatsa ; do not be frightened.”b

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    • k 3:14 - Or "fear what they fear"
    • l 3:14 - Isaiah 8:12
      15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

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      16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

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      17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

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      18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

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      19 After being made alive,c he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—

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        • m 3:19 - Or "alive in the spirit, " 19"in which also"
          20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,

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          21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.d It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

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            • n 3:21 - Or "but an appeal to God for a clear conscience"
              22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

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