1 Peter 3:13-22 (Lexham English Bible)

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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,a 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}b, 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]c an ark was being constructed, in which a few--that is, eight souls--were rescued through water. 21 Andd 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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