1 Peter 3
1 Wives, likewise, be subject to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the
Word, they, without a word, may be won by the behavior of their wives,
2 when they observe your pure behavior with fear.
3 Do not let your adornment be outward; arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on
4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a meek
and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned
themselves, being subject to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good
and are not afraid with any terror.
7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as
to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers
may not be cut off.
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, sympathetic; loving the brothers, be tenderhearted,
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing
that you were called to this, in order that you may inherit blessing.
10 For He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
13 And who is he who will harm you if you become imitators of what is good?
14 But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not
be afraid of their terror, nor be troubled.
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to
everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
16 having a good conscience, that when they speak against you as evildoers, those who
falsely accuse your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, that He might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the
days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were
saved through water.
21 There is also an antitype which now saves us; immersion (not the removal of the filth
of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ,
22 Who has gone into Heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and
powers having been made subject to Him.