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1 Peter 3:1-11 (New American Standard)

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1 1In the same way, you wives, 2be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be 3won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and arespectful behavior. 3 4Your adornment must not be merely external -braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be 5the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, 6who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, 7calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right b8without being frightened by any fear. 7 9You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with c10someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 8 dTo sum up, 11all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, 12brotherly, 13kindhearted, and 14humble in spirit; 9 15not returning evil for evil or 16insult for insult, but egiving a 17blessing instead; for 18you were called for the very purpose that you might 19inherit a blessing. 10 For, "20THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. 11 "21HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.
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