NASB — 1 Peter 3 — KJV

Godly Living

1 aIn the same way, you wives, bbe submissive to your own husbands so that even if any [of them] are disobedient to the word, they may be cwon without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and Irespectful behavior. 3 aYour adornment must not be [merely] external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but [let it be] athe hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, awho hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, acalling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right Ibwithout being frightened by any fear.

[1] a1P 3:7 bEp 5:22; Col 3:18 c1Co 9:19
[2] ILit with respect
[3] aIs 3:18ff; 1Ti 2:9
[4] aRo 7:22
[5] a1Ti 5:5; 1P 1:3
[6] ILit and are not aGn 18:12 b1P 3:14

7aYou husbands in the same way, live with [your wives] in an understanding way, as with Ibsomeone 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.

[7] ILit a weaker vessel aEp 5:25; Col 3:19 b1Th 4:4

8ITo sum up, aall of you be harmonious, sympathetic, bbrotherly, ckindhearted, and dhumble in spirit; 9 anot returning evil for evil or binsult for insult, but Igiving a cblessing instead; for dyou were called for the very purpose that you might einherit a blessing. 10 For,
  “aTHE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS,
  MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.
  11aHE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD;
  HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.
  12aFOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS,
  AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER,
  BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.”

[8] IOr Finally aRo 12:16 b1P 1:22 cEp 4:32 dEp 4:2; Php 2:3; 1P 5:5
[9] ILit blessing instead aRo 12:17; 1Th 5:15 b1Co 4:12; 1P 2:23 cLk 6:28; Ro 12:14; 1Co 4:12 d1P 2:21 eGa 3:14; He 6:14; 12:17
[10] aPs 34:12, 13
[11] aPs 34:14
[12] aPs 34:15, 16

13aWho is Ithere to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should asuffer for the sake of righteousness, byou Iare blessed. cAND DO NOT FEAR THEIR IIINTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, 15 but Isanctify aChrist as Lord in your hearts, always [being] ready bto make a IIdefense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the ahope that is in you, yet cwith gentleness and IIIdreverence; 16 Iand keep a agood conscience so that in the thing in which byou are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For ait is better, bif IGod should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For aChrist also died for sins bonce for all, [the] just for [the] unjust, so that He might cbring us to God, having been put to death din the flesh, but made alive ein the Ispirit; 19 in Iwhich also He went and made proclamation to the spirits [now] in prison, 20 who once were disobedient, when the apatience of God bkept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of cthe ark, in which a few, that is, deight epersons, were brought safely through [the] Iwater. 21 aCorresponding to that, baptism now saves you—bnot the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God Ifor a cgood conscience—through dthe resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 awho is at the right hand of God, bhaving gone into heaven, cafter angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

[13] ILit the one who will harm you aPv 16:7
[14] IOr would be IILit fear aMt 5:10; 1P 2:19ff; 4:15f bJm 5:11 cIs 8:12f; 1P 3:6
[15] II.e. set apart IIOr argument; or explanation IIIOr fear a1P 1:3 bCol 4:6 c2Ti 2:25 d1P 1:17
[16] ILit having a good a1Ti 1:5; He 13:18; 1P 3:21 b1P 2:12, 15
[17] ILit the will of God a1P 2:20; 4:15f bAc 18:21; 1P 1:6; 2:15; 4:19
[18] IOr Spirit a1P 2:21 bHe 9:26, 28; 10:10 cRo 5:2; Ep 3:12 dCol 1:22; 1P 4:1 e1P 4:6
[19] IOr whom
[20] II.e. the great flood aRo 2:4 bGn 6:3, 5, 13f cHe 11:7 dGn 8:18; 2P 2:5 eAc 2:41; 1P 1:9, 22; 2:25; 4:19
[21] IOr from aAc 16:33; Tit 3:5 bHe 9:14; 10:22 c1Ti 1:5; He 13:18; 1P 3:16 d1P 1:3
[22] aMk 16:19 bHe 4:14; 6:20 cRo 8:38f; He 1:6


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

1 ¶ Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation [coupled] with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

[1] Gn 3:16; Es 1:16; Pv 11:30; 18:19; Mt 18:15; Ro 6:17; 7:2; 10:16; 1Co 7:16; 9:19; 11:3; 14:34; Ep 5:22, 33; Col 3:18; 4:5; 2Th 1:8; 1Ti 2:11; Tit 2:3; He 5:9; 11:8; Jm 5:19; 1P 1:22; 4:17.
[2] Ep 5:33; 6:5; Php 1:27; 3:20; Col 3:22; 1Ti 4:12; 1P 1:15; 2:12; 3:5, 15, 16; 2P 3:11.
[3] Gn 24:22, 47, 53; Ex 3:22; 32:2; 33:4; 35:22; 38:8; 2K 9:30; Es 5:1; Ps 45:9; Is 3:18; 52:1; 61:10; Jr 2:32; 4:30; Ezk 16:7; 23:40; Ro 12:2; 1Ti 2:9; Tit 2:3.
[4] 1S 16:7; Ps 25:9; 45:13; 51:6; 131:2; 147:6, 10; 149:4; Is 11:4; 29:19; 57:15; 61:1; Jr 51:59; Mt 5:5; 11:29; 21:5; 23:26; Lk 11:40; 16:15; Ro 2:29; 6:6; 7:22; 2Co 4:16; 10:1; Ga 5:23; Ep 4:2, 22; Col 3:3, 9, 12; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:12; 1Ti 2:2; 2Ti 2:25; Tit 3:2; Jm 1:21; 3:13; 1P 1:23; 3:15.
[5] 1S 2:1; Pv 31:10, 30; Jr 49:11; Lk 2:37; 8:2; Ac 1:14; 9:36; 1Ti 2:10, 15; 5:5, 10; Tit 2:3; He 11:11; 1P 3:2.
[6] Gn 18:12, 15; Is 57:11; Dn 3:16; Mt 26:69; Ac 4:8, 19; Ro 9:7; Ga 4:22; 1P 3:14.
[7] Gn 2:23; Jb 42:8; Pv 5:15; Mal 2:14; Mt 5:23; 18:19; 19:3; Ro 8:26; 1Co 7:3; 12:22; Ep 3:6; 4:30; 5:25, 33; 6:18; Col 3:19; 1Th 4:4; Tit 3:7; He 1:14.

exhorting all men to unity and love,

8 Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil. 13 And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

[8] Ps 103:13; Pv 28:8; Zc 7:9; Mt 18:33; Lk 10:33; Ac 2:1; 4:32; 27:3; 28:7; Ro 12:10, 15, 16; 15:5; 1Co 1:10; 12:26; Ep 4:31; 5:1; Php 3:16; 4:8; Col 3:12; He 13:1; Jm 2:13; 3:17; 5:11; 1P 1:22; 2:17; 2P 1:7; 1Jn 3:14, 18.
[9] Pv 17:13; 20:22; Mt 5:39, 44; 19:29; 25:34; Mk 10:17; Lk 6:27; 10:25; 18:18; Ro 8:28, 30; 12:14, 17, 19; 1Co 4:12; Ep 4:32; 1Th 5:15; 1P 2:20, 21; 5:10.
[10] Dt 32:47; Jb 2:4; 7:7; 9:25; 33:28; Ps 27:13; 34:12; 49:19; 106:5; Pv 3:2, 18; 4:22; 8:35; Ec 2:3; Mt 13:16; 19:17; Mk 8:35; Jn 1:47; 12:25; Jm 1:26; 3:1; 1P 2:1, 22; Rv 14:5.
[11] Jb 1:1; 2:3; 28:28; Ps 34:14; 37:27; 120:6; 125:4; Pv 3:7; 16:6, 17; Is 1:16; Mt 5:9, 45; 6:13; Mk 14:7; Lk 1:79; 6:9, 35; Jn 17:15; Ro 5:1; 7:19, 21; 8:6; 12:18; 14:17, 19; Ga 5:22; 6:10; Col 3:15; 1Ti 6:18; He 12:14; 13:16; Jm 3:17; 4:17; 3Jn 1:11.
[12] Lv 17:10; 20:3, 6; 26:17; Dt 11:12; 2Ch 7:15; 16:9; Ps 11:4; 65:2; 80:16; Pv 15:3, 8, 29; Jr 21:10; Ezk 15:7; Zc 4:10; Jn 9:31; Jm 5:16.
[13] Ps 38:20; Pv 15:9; 16:7; Ro 8:28; 13:3; 1Co 14:1; Ep 5:1; 1Th 5:15; 1Ti 5:10; 3Jn 1:11.

and to suffer persecution.

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy [are ye]: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For [it is] better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

[14] Is 8:12; 41:10; 51:12; Jr 1:8; 15:15; Ezk 3:9; Mt 5:10; 10:18, 28, 31, 39; 16:25; 19:29; Mk 8:35; 10:29; Lk 6:22; 12:4; Jn 14:1, 27; Ac 9:16; 18:9; 2Co 12:10; Php 1:29; Jm 1:12; 1P 2:19; 4:13.
[15] Nu 20:12; 27:14; 1S 12:7; Ps 119:46; Is 1:18; 5:16; 29:23; 41:21; Jr 26:12; Dn 3:16; Am 7:14; Mt 10:18; Lk 21:14; Ac 4:8; 5:29; 21:39; 22:1, 2; 24:25; Col 1:5, 23, 27; 4:6; 2Ti 2:25; Tit 1:2; He 3:6; 6:1, 18; 1P 1:3; 3:2, 4.
[16] Mt 5:11; Ac 24:16; Ro 9:1; 2Co 1:12; 4:2; 1Ti 1:5, 19; 2Ti 1:3; Tit 2:8; He 9:14; 13:18; 1P 2:12, 19; 3:1, 21.
[17] Mt 26:39, 42; Ac 21:14; 1P 3:14; 4:19.
[18] Is 53:4; Dn 9:26; Zc 9:9; Mt 27:19, 24; Ac 3:14; 22:14; Ro 1:4; 4:25; 5:6; 8:3, 11; 2Co 1:24; 5:21; 13:4; Ga 1:4; 3:13; Ep 2:16; Col 1:21; Tit 2:14; He 9:26, 28; Jm 5:6; 1P 2:21; 4:1; 1Jn 1:9.

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

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto [even] baptism 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 heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

[19] Ne 9:30; Is 42:7; 49:9; 61:1; 1P 1:11; 4:6; Rv 19:10; 20:7.
[20] Gn 6:3, 5, 13, 14; 7:1, 13, 17, 23; 8:1, 18; Is 30:18; Mt 7:14; 24:37; Lk 12:32; 13:24; 17:26; Ro 2:4; 9:22; 2Co 2:15; Ep 5:26; He 11:7; 2P 2:5; 3:15.
[21] Ezk 36:25; Zc 13:1; Mt 28:19; Mk 16:16; Ac 2:38; 8:37; 22:16; Ro 5:14; 6:3; 10:9; 1Co 4:6; 12:13; 2Co 1:12; 7:1; Ga 3:27; Ep 5:26; Col 2:12; 1Ti 6:12; Tit 3:5; He 9:24; 11:19; 1P 1:3.
[22] Ps 110:1; Mt 22:44; Mk 12:36; 16:19; Lk 20:42; Ac 1:11; 2:34; 3:21; Ro 8:34, 38; 1Co 15:24; Ep 1:20, 21; Col 3:1; He 1:3, 13; 6:20; 8:1; 9:24; 10:12; 12:2.


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