1 Peter 3:12-4:2 Holman 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.
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all,[m]
19 In that state[r] He also went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison[s] 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[t]—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[u] 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.
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered[v] in the flesh,[w] equip[x] yourselves also with the same resolve[y]—because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin[z]— 2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires,[aa] but for God’s will.