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1 Peter 3:13-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 Who is [a]there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [b]are blessed. And do not fear their [c]intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but [d]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [e]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [f]reverence; 16 [g]and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if [h]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:13 Lit the one who will harm you
  2. 1 Peter 3:14 Or would be
  3. 1 Peter 3:14 Lit fear
  4. 1 Peter 3:15 I.e. set apart
  5. 1 Peter 3:15 Or argument; or explanation
  6. 1 Peter 3:15 Or fear
  7. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit having a good
  8. 1 Peter 3:17 Lit the will of God
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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1 Peter 3:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Suffering for Right and Wrong

13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But [a]sanctify [b]the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 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.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:15 set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 NU Christ as Lord
New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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