1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, athey also may without the word bbe won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3cWhose 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 bedthe 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, ecalling 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; fthat your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of gone 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, hthat ye should inherit a blessing.
10For ihe that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, jand his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13kAnd who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14lBut and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and mbe not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and nbe 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 osuffer 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 pin the flesh, but qquickened by the Spirit:
19 By rwhich also he went and preached unto the spirits sin prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while uthe ark was a preparing, twherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
21vThe 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:
22Who is gone into heaven, and wis on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.