For 1"Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;
let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Now 2who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
143But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. 4Have no fear of them, 5nor be troubled,
but 6in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, 7always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and 8respect,
169having a good conscience, so that, 10when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
For 11it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
For Christ also 12suffereda13 once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, 14that he might bring us to God, being put to death 15in the flesh but made alive 16in the spirit,
in whichb he went and 17proclaimedc to the spirits in prison,
becaused they formerly did not obey, 18when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, 19while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, 20eight persons, were brought safely through water.