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1 Peter 3:8-4:6 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Do No Evil

Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another, and be compassionate and humble,[a] not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing.

10 For the[b] one who wants to love life
and to see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit,
11 and let him turn away from evil
and do what is good.
Let him seek peace and pursue it,
12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil.

Undeserved Suffering

13 Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear[c]or be intimidated,[d] 15 but in your hearts regard[e] Christ[f] the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. 16 Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused,[g] those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh[h] but made alive by the Spirit,[i] 19 in which[j] he also went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison 20 who in the past were disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people[k]—were saved through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not as the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge[l] of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.

Following Christ

Therefore, since Christ suffered[m] in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding[n]—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin[o] in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander[p] you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead,[q] so that, although they might be judged in the flesh according to human standards, they might live in the spirit according to God’s standards.


  1. 3:8 Other mss read courteous
  2. 3:10-12 Ps 34:12-16
  3. 3:14 Or Do not fear them
  4. 3:14 Is 8:12
  5. 3:15 Or sanctify, or set apart
  6. 3:15 Other mss read set God
  7. 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  8. 3:18 Or by the flesh, or in the fleshly realm
  9. 3:18 Or in the spirit, or in the Spirit, or in the spiritual realm
  10. 3:19 Or by whom, or in whom, or at that time
  11. 3:20 Or souls
  12. 3:21 Or the appeal
  13. 4:1 Other mss read suffered for us
  14. 4:1 Orperspective, or attitude
  15. 4:1 Or the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin
  16. 4:4 Or blaspheme
  17. 4:6 Or those who are dead
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