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1 Peter 3:14-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,[a] 15 but honor[b] the Messiah[c] as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason[d] for the hope that is in you. 16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear,[e][f] so that when you are accused,[g] those who denounce your Christian life[h] will be put to shame.


  1. 1 Peter 3:14 Is 8:12
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 Or sanctify; lit set apart
  3. 1 Peter 3:15 Other mss read set God
  4. 1 Peter 3:15 Or who demands of you an accounting
  5. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit good
  6. 1 Peter 3:16 Or keeping a clear conscience
  7. 1 Peter 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  8. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit your good behavior in Christ

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