1 Peter 3:12-17Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
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.