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1 Peter 2:13-3:7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

13 For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution,[a] whether of the emperor as supreme, 14 or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. 16 As servants[b] of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the family of believers.[c] Fear God. Honor the emperor.

The Example of Christ’s Suffering

18 Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. 19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

22 “He committed no sin,
    and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

23 When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross,[d] so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds[e] you have been healed. 25 For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Wives and Husbands

Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight. It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands. Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.

Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex,[f] since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life—so that nothing may hinder your prayers.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 2:13 Or every institution ordained for human beings
  2. 1 Peter 2:16 Gk slaves
  3. 1 Peter 2:17 Gk Love the brotherhood
  4. 1 Peter 2:24 Or carried up our sins in his body to the tree
  5. 1 Peter 2:24 Gk bruise
  6. 1 Peter 3:7 Gk vessel
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