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1 Peter 3 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Be Subject To Your Husbands, Adorning Yourself With Things Precious To God

Likewise wives, being subject to your own husbands, in order that even if any are disobeying the word, they may be gained without a word by the conduct of their wives, having observed your pure conduct with fear[a] of whom let what is observed [b] be not the outside adornment consisting of a braiding of hair and a wearing of gold things or putting-on of garments, but the hidden person of the heart in[c] the imperishable adorning consisting of the gentle and quiet spirit, which is very-precious in the sight of God. For in this manner formerly also the holy wives putting-hope in God were adorning themselves, being subject to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord[d]of whom[e] you became children while[f] doing-good and not fearing any terror[g].

Honor Your Wives As Fellow Heirs of The Gift of Life

Husbands likewise, living-with them[h] according-to[i] knowledge[j], showing honor to the feminine[k] one as to[l] the weaker vessel[m], as indeed to your fellow-heirs of the grace[n] of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

Everyone Be Loving, Humbleminded, And Doing Good

And finally, everyone— being likeminded[o], sympathetic, brother-loving, tender-hearted[p], humbleminded, not giving-back evil for evil or reviling[q] for reviling, but on the contrary, blessing them. Because you were called to this, in order that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For “the one desiring[r] to love life and see good days— let him stop his tongue from evil and his lips that they not speak deceit; 11 and let him turn-away from evil and do good. Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against ones doing evil things” [Ps 34:12-16].

You Are Blessed If You Suffer For Righteousness

13 And who is the one who will do you evil[s] if you become zealots[t] for good? 14 But even though you might be suffering[u] for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed[v] ones!

Make Christ Lord In Your Heart As You Suffer For Doing Good

But do not fear their fear[w], nor be disturbed, 15 but set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts, being ready always for a defense to everyone asking you a reason for the hope in you, 16 but with gentleness and fear[x], having a good conscience in order that in what you are spoken-against[y], the ones maligning your good conduct in Christ may be put-to-shame. 17 For it is better to be suffering while doing-good, if the will of God should [so] will it, than while doing-evil.

Because Christ Himself Suffered To Bring Us To God, And Is Now Glorified By God

18 Because Christ also suffered once-for-all for sins— a righteous One for unrighteous ones— in order that He might bring you to God, having been put-to-death in the flesh but made-alive[z] by the Spirit[aa],

19 ... by Whom[ab] also[ac] having gone, He proclaimed[ad] to the spirits[ae] in prison— 20 ones having disobeyed formerly when the patience of God was waiting in the days of Noah while an ark was being prepared,

... in which a few (that is, eight souls) were brought-safely through the water,

21 ... which[af] also as to you a corresponding-thing[ag] now saves— baptism (not a putting-off [ah] of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal[ai] to God for[aj] a good conscience) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 ... Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers having been subjected to Him.


  1. 1 Peter 3:2 Or, with respect for them. Or, with reverence for God.
  2. 1 Peter 3:3 what is observed. Or, their adornment. Lit, it.
  3. 1 Peter 3:4 That is, dressed in.
  4. 1 Peter 3:6 Or, sir. See Gen 18:12.
  5. 1 Peter 3:6 That is, Sarah.
  6. 1 Peter 3:6 That is, by, as long as you are, since you are, as ones.
  7. 1 Peter 3:6 Or, intimidation, fright.
  8. 1 Peter 3:7 living with them... fellow-heirs. Or, living with the feminine one according-to knowledge, as with the weaker vessel, showing honor as indeed to fellow heirs.
  9. 1 Peter 3:7 Or, in harmony with, based on.
  10. 1 Peter 3:7 That is, Christian knowledge of her status before God. Or, understanding; that is, in an understanding way, with consideration.
  11. 1 Peter 3:7 Or, womanly one, female.
  12. 1 Peter 3:7 That is, as appropriate to.
  13. 1 Peter 3:7 This describes her as God’s creation, rather than the husband’s partner.
  14. 1 Peter 3:7 That is, the grace-gift of spiritual life, which they possess equally.
  15. 1 Peter 3:8 Or, harmonious.
  16. 1 Peter 3:8 Or, good-hearted.
  17. 1 Peter 3:9 Or, insult, abuse.
  18. 1 Peter 3:10 Or, wanting, intending.
  19. 1 Peter 3:13 Or, harm you, mistreat you.
  20. 1 Peter 3:13 Or, zealous.
  21. 1 Peter 3:14 even though you might be suffering... you are blessed. Or, if you even should suffer... you would be blessed.
  22. 1 Peter 3:14 Or, fortunate, from God’s point of view.
  23. 1 Peter 3:14 That is, their intimidation; or, what they fear.
  24. 1 Peter 3:16 That is respect; or, fear of God.
  25. 1 Peter 3:16 Or, slandered.
  26. 1 Peter 3:18 Or, given life.
  27. 1 Peter 3:18 Or, in the Spirit; or, in spirit, in His spirit; or, in the realm of the spirit.
  28. 1 Peter 3:19 That is, the Spirit. Or, in which. That is, in His spirit; or, in the state of being dead in the flesh but alive in spirit.
  29. 1 Peter 3:19 Or even; that is, by Whom having gone, He even proclaimed.
  30. 1 Peter 3:19 Or, made a proclamation.
  31. 1 Peter 3:19 That is, people; or, angels.
  32. 1 Peter 3:21 That is, which event (Noah being brought safely through the water); or, which water.
  33. 1 Peter 3:21 Or, a fulfillment; or, a reflection, echo, copy.
  34. 1 Peter 3:21 Or, removal.
  35. 1 Peter 3:21 Or, request. Or, pledge, answer; that is, the pledge to keep a good conscience toward God, or, the pledge to God from a good conscience.
  36. 1 Peter 3:21 Or, from.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

1 Peter 3 New International Version (NIV)

Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

Suffering for Doing Good

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[a]

13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive,[d] he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.[e] It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.


  1. 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm 34:12-16
  2. 1 Peter 3:14 Or fear what they fear
  3. 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah 8:12
  4. 1 Peter 3:19 Or but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also
  5. 1 Peter 3:21 Or but an appeal to God for a clear conscience
New International Version (NIV)

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1 Peter 3 King James Version (KJV)

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

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