- In like manner, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your won husbands;
that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the behavior of their wives;
- beholding your chaste behavior [coupled] with fear.
- Whose [adorning] let it not be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel;
- 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.
- For after this manner aforetime the holy women also, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:
- 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.
- Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with [your wives] according to knowledge, giving honor 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.
- Finally, [be] ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded:
- not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling;
but contrariwise blessing;
for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
- 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:
- And let him turn away from evil, and do good;
Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
- 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.
- And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?
- But even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake, blessed [are ye:] and fear not their fear, neither be troubled;
- 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:
- 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.
- For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.
- 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 made alive in the spirit;
- in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison,
- that 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:
- 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;
- who is one the right hand of God, having gone into heaven;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.