English Revised Version

1 Peter 3

He teacheth the duty of wives and husbands to each other,

1 Peter 3:1 In like manner, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the behaviour of their wives; 1 Peter 3:2 beholding your chaste behaviour [coupled] with fear. 1 Peter 3:3 Whose [adorning] let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel; 1 Peter 3:4 but [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible [apparel] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:5 For after this manner aforetime the holy women also, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands: 1 Peter 3:6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose children ye now are, if ye do well, and are not put in fear by any terror. 1 Peter 3:7 Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with [your wives] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not hindered.

exhorting all men to unity and love,

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, [be] ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded: 1 Peter 3:9 not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:10 For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile: 1 Peter 3:11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication: But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

and to suffer persecution.

1 Peter 3:14 But and if ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed [are ye]: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled; 1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: [being] ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:16 having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ. 1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing. 1 Peter 3:18 Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the spirit;

He declareth also the benefits of Christ toward the old world.

1 Peter 3:19 in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, 1 Peter 3:20 which aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water: 1 Peter 3:21 which also after a true likeness doth now save you, [even] baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 3:22 who is on the right hand of God, having gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

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