Wives and Husbands

1 Peter 3

1 Likewise, wives, k be subject to your own husbands, so that l even if some do not obey the word, m they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your n respectful and pure conduct. 3 o Do not let your adorning be external - the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear - 4 but let your adorning be p the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, q calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and r do not fear anything that is frightening.

7 Likewise, s husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker t vessel, since they are heirs with you 1 of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 3:16
    To the woman he said, "I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.
  2. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 7:16
    For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 18:15
    If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
    1 Corinthians 9:19 - 22
    For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
  4. Cross References
    Titus 2:5
    To be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
  5. Cross References
    1 Timothy 2:9
    Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.
    Isaiah 3:18 - 23
    In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 2:29
    But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
    Romans 7:22
    For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being.
    2 Corinthians 4:16
    So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
    Ephesians 3:16
    That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 18:12
    So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 3:25
    Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes.
  9. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:25
    Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
    Colossians 3:19
    Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
  10. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:4
    That each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.
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