1 Peter 3

1 Likewise, wives, {be} subject to your own husbands, that, even if any are disobedient to the word, they may be gained without {the} word by the conversation of the wives,

2 having witnessed your pure conversation {carried out} in fear;

3 whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel;

4 but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible {ornament} of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.

5 For thus also the holy women who have hoped in God heretofore adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands;

6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose children ye have become, doing good, and not fearing with any kind of consternation.

7 {Ye} husbands likewise, dwell with {them} according to knowledge, as with a weaker, {even} the female, vessel, giving {them} honour, as also fellow-heirs of {the} grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.

8 Finally, {be} all of one mind, sympathising, full of brotherly love, tender hearted, humble minded;

14 But if also ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed {are ye}; but be not afraid of their fear, neither be troubled;

15 but sanctify {the} Lord the Christ in your hearts, and {be} always prepared to {give} an answer {to} every one that asks you to give an account of the hope that {is} in you, but with meekness and fear;

16 having a good conscience, that {as to that} in which they speak against you as evildoers, they may be ashamed who calumniate your good conversation in Christ.

17 For {it is} better, if the will of God should will it, to suffer {as} well-doers than {as} evildoers;

18 for Christ indeed has once suffered for sins, {the} just for {the} unjust, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in flesh, but made alive in {the} Spirit,

19 in which also going he preached to the spirits {which are} in prison,

20 heretofore disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in {the} days of Noah while the ark was preparing, into which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water:

21 which figure also now saves you, {even} baptism, not a putting away of {the} filth of flesh, but {the} demand as before God of a good conscience, by {the} resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 who is at {the} right hand of God, gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being subjected to him.