Godly Living
1In the same way, you wives, be subject to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won over without a word by the behavior of their wives,
2as they observe your pure Lit with respectand respectful behavior.
3Your adornment must not be merely the external—braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or putting on apparel;
4but it should be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
5For in this way the holy women of former times, who hoped in God, also used to adorn themselves, being subject to their own husbands,
6just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; and you have proved to be her children if you do what is right Lit and are notwithout being frightened by any fear.
7You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with Lit a weaker vesselsomeone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
8 Or Finally To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, I.e., as brothers and sistersloving, compassionate, and humble;
9not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you would inherit a blessing.
“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against evildoers.”
13And who is Lit the one who will harm youthere to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?
14But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you Or would beare blessed. And do not fear their Lit fearintimidation, and do not be in dread,
15but I.e., set apartsanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a Or argument; or explanationdefense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect;
16Lit having a goodand keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
17For it is better, if Lit the will of GodGod should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
18For Christ also One early ms diedsuffered for sins once for all time, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Or Spiritspirit;
19in Or whomwhich He also went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison,
20who once were disobedient when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.
21Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God Or fromfor a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
22who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.