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16 Keep your hearts clean. Then when people say wrong things about you, they will be ashamed because they have talked wrongly about your good Christian life.

17 It is better to have trouble for doing right, if God allows it, than to have trouble for doing wrong.

18 For Christ died that once because of our wrong ways. He was good and he died for those who were bad. He did this to bring us to God. His body died, but his spirit had new life.

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16 keeping a clear conscience,(A) so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.(B) 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will,(C) to suffer for doing good(D) than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once(E) for sins,(F) the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.(G) He was put to death in the body(H) but made alive in the Spirit.(I)

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