1 Peter 3Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Wives and Husbands
3 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 2 when they observe your pure, reverent lives. 3 Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments[b] or fine clothes. 4 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. 5 For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands, 6 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.
7 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.
Do No Evil
8 Now finally, all of you should be like-minded and sympathetic, should love believers,[e] and be compassionate and humble,[f] 9 not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you can inherit a blessing.
10 For the one who wants to love life
13 And who will harm[h] you if you are deeply committed to what is good?[i] 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,[j] 15 but honor[k] the Messiah[l] as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason[m] for the hope that is in you. 16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear,[n][o] so that when you are accused,[p] those who denounce your Christian life[q] will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will,[r] than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all,[s]
19 In that state[x] He also went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison[y] 20 who in the past were disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah while an ark was being prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people[z]—were saved through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge[aa] of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 22 Now that He has gone into heaven, He is at God’s right hand with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.