Chapter Three of First Peter.

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Pet 3:1-22


Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even
if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be
won by the conduct of their wives,
when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.

Do not let your adornment be merely outward-- arranging the
hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel--
rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the
incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very
precious in the sight of God.

For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted
in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own
as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters
you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.

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

Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one
another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the
contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you
may inherit a blessing.

For "He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain
his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace
and pursue it.

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."

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of
what is good?
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are
blessed. "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled."
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;
having a good conscience, that when they defame you as
evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be

For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good
than for doing evil.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, 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,
by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
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.

There is also an antitype which now saves us-- baptism (not the
removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good
conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus
who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels
and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.


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