15 but honor[a] the Messiah[b] as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason[c] for the hope that is in you.(A)

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  1. 1 Peter 3:15 Or sanctify; lit set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 Other mss read set God
  3. 1 Peter 3:15 Or who demands of you an accounting