1 Peter 3:17-22 (Today's New International Version)

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17 It is better, if it is God's will,1 to suffer for doing good2 than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once3 for sins,4 the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.5 He was put to death in the body6 but made alive in the Spirit.7 19 In that statea he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits8-- 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently9 in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.10 In it only a few people, eight in all,11 were saved12 through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you13 also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience14 toward God.b It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,15 22 who has gone into heaven16 and is at God's right hand17--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.18
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