1 Peter 3:14-16 Expanded Bible (EXB)
14 But even if you suffer for ·doing right [righteousness], you are blessed [Matt. 5:10].
“Don’t be afraid of ·what they fear [or their threats/intimidation];
15 But ·respect Christ as the holy Lord [L sanctify Christ as Lord; Is. 8:13] in your hearts [C that is, acknowledge his holiness and sovereignty in your life]. Always be ready to ·answer [or give a defense to] everyone who asks you to explain about the hope ·you have [L that is in you], 16 but answer in a ·gentle [humble] way and ·with respect [or with fear/reverence for God]. Keep a ·clear [good] conscience so that ·those who speak evil of [L when you are accused, those slanderers of] your good ·life [behavior; conduct] in Christ will be made ashamed.