1 Peter 3

Wives and Husbands

1 Wives, likewise, be a submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, b they, without a word, may c be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 d when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 e Do not let your adornment be merely outward - arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel - 4 rather let it be f the hidden person of the heart, with the 1 incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, g calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.

7 h Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, i as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, j that your prayers may not be hindered.

Suffering for Righteousness' Sake

8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be 2 courteous; 9 k not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary l blessing, knowing that you were called to this, m that you may inherit a blessing.

10 For
n "He who would love life
And see good days,
o Let him 3 refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him p turn away from evil and do good;
q Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
r And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil." 4

13 s And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 t But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. u "And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled." 5 15 But 6 sanctify 7 the Lord God in your hearts, and always v be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the w hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 x having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring 8 us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, 9 when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 y There is also an antitype which now saves us - baptism z (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, a but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and b is at the right hand of God, c angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 3:16
    To the woman He said: I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.
    1 Corinthians 14:34
    Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.
    Ephesians 5:22
    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
    Colossians 3:18
    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
  2. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 7:16
    For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?
  3. Cross References
    Matthew 18:15
    Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
  4. Cross References
    1 Peter 2:12
    Having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
    1 Peter 3:6
    As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 3:18
    In that day the Lord will take away the finery: The jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents.
    1 Timothy 2:9
    In like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing.
  6. Cross References
    Romans 2:29
    But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 18:12
    Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, "After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
  8. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 7:3
    Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
    Ephesians 5:25
    Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.
    Colossians 3:19
    Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:23
    And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty.
  10. Cross References
    Job 42:8
    "Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has."
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:13
    Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house.
  12. Cross References
    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
  13. Cross References
    Matthew 25:34
    Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 34:12 - 16
    Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?
  15. Cross References
    James 1:26
    If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 37:27
    Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.
  17. Cross References
    Romans 12:18
    If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
  18. Cross References
    John 9:31
    Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.
  19. Cross References
    Proverbs 16:7
    When a man's ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
  20. Cross References
    James 1:12
    Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 8:12
    Do not say, 'A conspiracy,' Concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, Nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.
  22. Cross References
    Psalms 119:46
    I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed.
  23. Cross References
    Titus 3:7
    That having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
  24. Cross References
    1 Timothy 1:5
    Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
    Hebrews 13:18
    Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.
    1 Peter 3:21
    There is also an antitype which now saves us - baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  25. Cross References
    Acts 16:33
    And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
    Ephesians 5:26
    That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
  26. Cross References
    Titus 3:5
    Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
  27. Cross References
    Romans 10:10
    For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 110:1
    The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.
  29. Cross References
    Romans 8:38
    For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come.
    Hebrews 1:6
    But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him.
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