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1 Peter 3:8-22 (Today's New International Version)

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Suffering for Doing Good

8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded,1 be sympathetic, love one another,2 be compassionate and humble.3 9 Do not repay evil with evil4 or insult with insult.5 On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,6 because to this7 you were called8 so that you may inherit a blessing.9 10 For, "Whoever among you would love life and see good days must keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech. 11 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 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."a10 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?11 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.12 "Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened."b13 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer14 to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope15 that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience,16 so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.17 17 It is better, if it is God's will,18 to suffer for doing good19 than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once20 for sins,21 the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.22 He was put to death in the body23 but made alive in the Spirit.24 19 In that statec he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits25-- 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently26 in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.27 In it only a few people, eight in all,28 were saved29 through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you30 also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience31 toward God.d It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,32 22 who has gone into heaven33 and is at God's right hand34--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.35
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