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1 Peter 3:5-15 (New American Standard)

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5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, 1who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, 2calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right a3without being frightened by any fear. 7 4You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with b5someone 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 cTo sum up, 6all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, 7brotherly, 8kindhearted, and 9humble in spirit; 9 10not returning evil for evil or 11insult for insult, but dgiving a 12blessing instead; for 13you were called for the very purpose that you might 14inherit a blessing. 10 For, "15THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. 11 "16HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT. 12 "17FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL." 13 18Who is ethere to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should 19suffer for the sake of righteousness, 20you fare blessed. 21AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR gINTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, 15 but hsanctify 22Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready 23to make a idefense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the 24hope that is in you, yet 25with gentleness and j26reverence;
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