1 Peter 3 (Lexham English Bible)

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Wives and Husbands

1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some are disobedient to the word, they may be won over without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 [when they]a see your respectful, pure conduct. 3 Let yourb adornment not be the external [kind], braiding hair and putting on gold jewelry or putting on [fine] clothing, 4 but the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable [quality] of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is highly valuable in the sight of God. 5 For in the [same] way formerly the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves [by]c being subject to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose children you have become [when you]d do good and are not frightened with respect to any terror. 7 Husbands, in the same way live with [your wives] {knowledgeably}e, as with the weaker female vessel, showing [them] honor as fellow heirs also of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Called to Inherit a Blessing

8 And finally, all [of you be] harmonious, sympathetic, showing mutual affection, compassionate, humble, 9 not repaying evil for evil or insult for insult, but on the other hand blessing [others], because for this [reason] you were called, so that you could inherit a blessing. 10 For "The one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and [his] lips must not speak deceit. 11 And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 12 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.f

Suffer for Doing What is Good

13 And who [is] the one who will harm you if you are a zealous adherent for what is good? 14 But even if you might suffer for the sake of righteousness, [you are] blessed. And do not be afraid of their intimidation or be disturbed,g 15 but set Christ apart [as] Lord in your hearts, always ready to [make] a defense to anyone who asks you [for] an accounting concerning the hope [that is] in you. 16 But [do so] with courtesy and respect, having a good conscience, so that in [the things] in which you are slandered, the ones who malign your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For [it is] better to suffer for doing good, {if God wills it}h, than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, in order that he could bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went [and] proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 who were formerly disobedient, when the patience of God waited in the days of Noah, [while]i an ark was being constructed, in which a few--that is, eight souls--were rescued through water. 21 Andj also, corresponding to [this], baptism now saves you, not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, with angels and authorities and powers having been subjected to him.
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