Wives and Husbands

1 Peter 3

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.

  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."
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