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1 Peter 3:1-9 (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.
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