16 [a]and keep a (A)good conscience so that in the thing in which (B)you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For (C)it is better, (D)if [b]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For (E)Christ also [c]suffered for sins (F)once for all time, the just for the unjust, so that He might (G)bring us to God, having been put to death (H)in the flesh, but made alive (I)in the [d]spirit; 19 in [e]which He also went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who once were disobedient when the (J)patience of God (K)kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of (L)the ark, in which a few, that is, (M)eight (N)persons, were brought safely through the water. 21 (O)Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—(P)not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God [f]for a (Q)good conscience—through (R)the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 (S)who is at the right hand of God, (T)having gone into heaven, (U)after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

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  1. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit having a good
  2. 1 Peter 3:17 Lit the will of God
  3. 1 Peter 3:18 One early ms died
  4. 1 Peter 3:18 Or Spirit
  5. 1 Peter 3:19 Or whom
  6. 1 Peter 3:21 Or from

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