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1 Peter 3:12-17Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and His ears are open to their request.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil.[a]

Undeserved Suffering

13 And who will harm[b] you if you are deeply committed to what is good?[c] 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,[d] 15 but honor[e] the Messiah[f] as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason[g] for the hope that is in you. 16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear,[h][i] so that when you are accused,[j] those who denounce your Christian life[k] will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will,[l] than for doing evil.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:12 Ps 34:12-16
  2. 1 Peter 3:13 Or mistreat, or do evil to
  3. 1 Peter 3:13 Or you are partisans for the good; lit you are zealots
  4. 1 Peter 3:14 Is 8:12
  5. 1 Peter 3:15 Or sanctify; lit set apart
  6. 1 Peter 3:15 Other mss read set God
  7. 1 Peter 3:15 Or who demands of you an accounting
  8. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit good
  9. 1 Peter 3:16 Or keeping a clear conscience
  10. 1 Peter 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  11. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit your good behavior in Christ
  12. 1 Peter 3:17 Lit if the will of God should will

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