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) 16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear,[d][e](B) so that when you are accused,[f] those who denounce your Christian life[g] will be put to shame.

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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
  4. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit good
  5. 1 Peter 3:16 Or keeping a clear conscience
  6. 1 Peter 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  7. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit your good behavior in Christ

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