15 but [a]sanctify (A)Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready (B)to make a [b]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the (C)hope that is in you, yet (D)with gentleness and [c](E)reverence; 16 [d]and keep a (F)good conscience so that in the thing in which (G)you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For (H)it is better, (I)if [e]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

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  1. 1 Peter 3:15 I.e. set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 Or argument; or explanation
  3. 1 Peter 3:15 Or fear
  4. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit having a good
  5. 1 Peter 3:17 Lit the will of God