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1 Peter 3:5-7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Holy women of long ago who had set their hopes in God beautified themselves with lives lived in deference to their own husbands’ authority. For example, our “mother,” Sarah, devoted herself[a] to her husband, Abraham, and even called him “master.” And you have become her daughters when you do what is right without fear and intimidation.[b]

Husbands, you in turn must treat your wives with tenderness,[c] viewing them[d] as feminine[e] partners who deserve to be honored, for they are co-heirs with you of the “divine grace of life,”[f] so that nothing will hinder your prayers.


  1. 1 Peter 3:6 As translated from the Aramaic. The Greek is “obeyed.”
  2. 1 Peter 3:6 That is, the wife is not inferior and should never be intimidated by her husband. The Aramaic can be translated “without being terrified by any fear.”
  3. 1 Peter 3:7 Or “with intimate insight” (“realistically,” “with considerateness”). That is, with consideration of what they desire and delight in, not ignorant of their preferences.
  4. 1 Peter 3:7 Or “make a home as equals.”
  5. 1 Peter 3:7 Or “weaker vessel,” which is a possible idiom for “weaker livelihood.” Widows and female orphans were horribly disadvantaged in the time this was written. Without an advocate, women were often oppressed by corrupt political officials. Peter instructs married men to treat their wives with respect, as those who are often disadvantaged. It is also possible to interpret this as weaker physically.
  6. 1 Peter 3:7 This unique New Testament phrase describes the joyous grace that husband and wife share as a married couple, as coheirs of eternal life. But there is more than a hint of the life they give birth to—that is, the wonderful grace of giving life to a child, “the divine grace of life.”
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