The First Epistle General of Peter

Chapter 3

Husbands and wives should honor each other—Saints should live by gospel standards—Christ preached to the spirits in prison.

 Likewise, ye awives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any bobey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the cconversation of the wives;

 While they behold your achaste bconversation coupled with fear.

 Whose adorning let it not be that outward aadorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the aornament of a bmeek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

 For after this manner in the old time the holy awomen also, who btrusted in God, adorned themselves, being cin subjection unto their own husbands:

 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose adaughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any bamazement.

 Likewise, ye ahusbands, dwell with them according to bknowledge, giving chonour unto the dwife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being eheirs together of the grace of life; that your fprayers be not hindered.

 Finally, be ye all of aone mind, having bcompassion one of another, love as cbrethren, be dpitiful, be ecourteous:

 Not arendering bevil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a cblessing.

 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him arefrain his btongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no cguile:

 11 Let him aeschew evil, and do good; let him seek bpeace, and censue it.

 12 For the aeyes of the Lord are over the brighteous, and his ears are open unto their cprayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do devil.

 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be afollowers of that which is good?

 14 But and if ye asuffer for brighteousness’ sake, chappy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

 15 But asanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give ban answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the chope that is in you with dmeekness and efear:

 16 Having a good aconscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good bconversation in Christ.

 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye asuffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

 18 For Christ also hath once asuffered for sins, the just for the bunjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to cdeath in the flesh, but quickened by the dSpirit:

 19 By which also he went and apreached unto the bspirits in cprison;

 20 aWhich sometime were bdisobedient, when once the clongsuffering of God waited in the days of dNoah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were esaved by fwater.

 21 The like figure whereunto even abaptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

 22 Who is gone into aheaven, and is on the right hand of God; bangels and cauthorities and powers being made subject unto him.