1 PeterChapter 3


1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own :husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they be gained without the word by the behavior of their wives; 2 beholding your chaste :behavior coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be the outward one of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel; 4 but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible apparel of a quiet and gentle spirit, which is in God’s sight of great price. 5 For thus aforetime the holy women also, who were hoping in God, adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands: 6 as Sarah obeyed :Abraham, calling him Lord: whose children ye are become if ye do well, and are not †put in fear by any terror. 7 Ye, the husbands, mete out honor to the female vessel as weaker and dwelling with her according to knowledge, as being also jointheirs of the grace of life; that your :prayers be not hindered. 8 :Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving †as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded: 9 not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

10 For, Who would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his :tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile:

11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good;Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
12 Because the Lord’s eyes are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication:
But the Lord’s face is upon those doing evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealots of what is good? 14 But even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake, blessed ye: and fear not their :fear, neither be troubled; 15 but sanctify in your :hearts the Christ as Lord: ready always with an answer to every one that asketh you a reason concerning the hope in you, yet with meekness and fear: 16 having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be shamed who revile your good behavior in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God should so will, to suffer as well doers than as evildoers. 18 Because Christ also died for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he bring us to :God; put to death in the flesh, but made alive in spirit; 19 in which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 that aforetime were disobedient, when the long-suffering of :God waited in Noah’s days, while the ark was a preparing, into which few, that is, eight souls, were brought safely through water: 21 which also in the antitype doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of flesh, but the interrogation †of a good conscience toward God, through Jesus Christ’s resurrection; 22 who is at God’s right, gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being subjected to him.