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1 Peter 3:1-7Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Wives and Husbands

In the same way, wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the Christian message, they may be won over[a] without a message by the way their wives live when they observe your pure, reverent lives. Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments[b] or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside[c] the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes. For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You have become her children when you do what is good and are not frightened by anything alarming.

Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives with an understanding of their weaker nature[d] yet showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:1 Lit may be gained
  2. 1 Peter 3:3 Lit and of putting around of gold items
  3. 1 Peter 3:4 Lit Instead, the hidden man of
  4. 1 Peter 3:7 Lit understanding as the weaker vessel

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