1 Peter 3-5
English Standard Version
Wives and Husbands
3 Likewise, wives, (A)be subject to your own husbands, so that (B)even if some do not obey the word, (C)they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your (D)respectful and pure conduct. 3 (E)Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be (F)the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, (G)calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and (H)do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 Likewise, (I)husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker (J)vessel, since they are heirs with you[a] of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
Suffering for Righteousness' Sake
8 Finally, all of you, (K)have unity of mind, sympathy, (L)brotherly love, (M)a tender heart, and (N)a humble mind. 9 (O)Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, (P)bless, for (Q)to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
(R)“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now (S)who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 (T)But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. (U)Have no fear of them, (V)nor be troubled, 15 but (W)in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, (X)always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and (Y)respect, 16 (Z)having a good conscience, so that, (AA)when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For (AB)it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also (AC)suffered[b] (AD)once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, (AE)that he might bring us to God, being put to death (AF)in the flesh but made alive (AG)in the spirit, 19 in which[c] he went and (AH)proclaimed[d] to the spirits in prison, 20 because[e] they formerly did not obey, (AI)when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, (AJ)while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, (AK)eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, (AL)now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but (AM)as an appeal to God for a good conscience, (AN)through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and (AO)is at the right hand of God, (AP)with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
Stewards of God's Grace
4 Since therefore (AQ)Christ suffered in the flesh,[f] (AR)arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for (AS)whoever has suffered in the flesh (AT)has ceased from sin, 2 (AU)so as to live for (AV)the rest of the time in the flesh (AW)no longer for human passions but (AX)for the will of God. 3 For the time that is past (AY)suffices (AZ)for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of (BA)debauchery, and (BB)they malign you; 5 but they will give account to him who is ready (BC)to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is why (BD)the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.
7 (BE)The end of all things is at hand; therefore (BF)be self-controlled and sober-minded (BG)for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since (BH)love covers a multitude of sins. 9 (BI)Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 (BJ)As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, (BK)as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks (BL)oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves (BM)by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything (BN)God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. (BO)To him belong glory and (BP)dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Suffering as a Christian
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at (BQ)the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice (BR)insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad (BS)when his glory is revealed. 14 (BT)If you are insulted (BU)for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory[g] and of God rests upon you. 15 But (BV)let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or (BW)as a meddler. 16 Yet (BX)if anyone suffers as a (BY)Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God (BZ)in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment (CA)to begin at the household of God; and (CB)if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who (CC)do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will (CE)entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
Shepherd the Flock of God
5 So I exhort the elders among you, (CF)as a fellow elder and (CG)a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 (CH)shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[i] (CI)not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[j] (CJ)not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not (CK)domineering over those in your charge, but (CL)being examples to the flock. 4 And when (CM)the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the (CN)unfading (CO)crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. (CP)Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for (CQ)“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
6 (CR)Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 (CS)casting all your anxieties on him, because (CT)he cares for you. 8 (CU)Be sober-minded; (CV)be watchful. Your (CW)adversary the devil (CX)prowls around (CY)like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 (CZ)Resist him, (DA)firm in your faith, knowing that (DB)the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And (DC)after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, (DD)who has called you to his (DE)eternal glory in Christ, will himself (DF)restore, (DG)confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 (DH)To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 By (DI)Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, (DJ)I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is (DK)the true grace of God. (DL)Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does (DM)Mark, my son. 14 (DN)Greet one another with the kiss of love.
(DO)Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
- 1 Peter 3:7 Some manuscripts since you are joint heirs
- 1 Peter 3:18 Some manuscripts died
- 1 Peter 3:19 Or the Spirit, in whom
- 1 Peter 3:19 Or preached
- 1 Peter 3:20 Or when
- 1 Peter 4:1 Some manuscripts add for us; some for you
- 1 Peter 4:14 Some manuscripts insert and of power
- 1 Peter 4:18 Greek where will the ungodly and sinner appear?
- 1 Peter 5:2 Some manuscripts omit exercising oversight
- 1 Peter 5:2 Some manuscripts omit as God would have you