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.