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1 Wives, likewise, submit to your own husbands. Do this so that even if some of them refuse to believe the word, they may be won without a word by their wives' way of life. 1 Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,
2 After all, they will have observed the reverent and holy manner of your lives. 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
3 Don't try to make yourselves beautiful on the outside, with stylish hair or by wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.
4 Instead, make yourselves beautiful on the inside, in your hearts, with the enduring quality of a gentle, peaceful spirit. This type of beauty is very precious in God's eyes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
5 For it was in this way that holy women who trusted in God used to make themselves beautiful, accepting the authority of their own husbands. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands,
6 For example, Sarah accepted Abraham's authority when she called him master. You have become her children when you do good and don't respond to threats with fear. 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7 Husbands, likewise, submit by living with your wife in ways that honor her, knowing that she is the weaker partner. Honor her all the more, as she is also a coheir of the gracious care of life. Do this so that your prayers won't be hindered. 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, sympathetic, lovers of your fellow believers, compassionate, and modest in your opinion of yourselves. 8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
9 Don't pay back evil for evil or insult for insult. Instead, give blessing in return. You were called to do this so that you might inherit a blessing. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For those who want to love life and see good days should keep their tongue from evil speaking and their lips from speaking lies. 10 For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
11 They should shun evil and do good; seek peace and chase after it. 11 He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.
12 The Lord's eyes are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord cannot tolerate those who do evil. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
13 Who will harm you if you are zealous for good? 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
14 But happy are you, even if you suffer because of righteousness! Don't be terrified or upset by them. 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."
15 Instead, regard Christ as holy in your hearts. Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it. 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
16 Yet do this with respectful humility, maintaining a good conscience. Act in this way so that those who malign your good lifestyle in Christ may be ashamed when they slander you. 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
17 It is better to suffer for doing good (if this could possibly be God's will) than for doing evil. 17 It is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 Christ himself suffered on account of sins, once for all, the righteous one on behalf of the unrighteous. He did this in order to bring you into the presence of God. Christ was put to death as a human, but made alive by the Spirit. 18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,
19 And it was by the Spirit that he went to preach to the spirits in prison. 19 through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison
20 In the past, these spirits were disobedient—when God patiently waited during the time of Noah. Noah built an ark in which a few (that is, eight) lives were rescued through water. 20 who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,
21 Baptism is like that. It saves you now—not because it removes dirt from your body but because it is the mark of a good conscience toward God. Your salvation comes through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
22 who is at God's right side. Now that he has gone into heaven, he rules over all angels, authorities, and powers. 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God's right hand--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.