1 Peter 2:18-3:12
New International Version
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters,(A) not only to those who are good and considerate,(B) but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.(C) 20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.(D) 21 To this(E) you were called,(F) because Christ suffered for you,(G) leaving you an example,(H) that you should follow in his steps.
23 When they hurled their insults at him,(K) he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.(L) Instead, he entrusted himself(M) to him who judges justly.(N) 24 “He himself bore our sins”(O) in his body on the cross,(P) so that we might die to sins(Q) and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”(R) 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[b](S) but now you have returned to the Shepherd(T) and Overseer of your souls.(U)
3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves(V) to your own husbands(W) so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over(X) without words by the behavior of their wives, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.(Y) 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self,(Z) the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.(AA) 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God(AB) used to adorn themselves.(AC) They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord.(AD) You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7 Husbands,(AE) in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Suffering for Doing Good
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded,(AF) be sympathetic, love one another,(AG) be compassionate and humble.(AH) 9 Do not repay evil with evil(AI) or insult with insult.(AJ) On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,(AK) because to this(AL) you were called(AM) so that you may inherit a blessing.(AN) 10 For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”[c](AO)