1 Peter 2:11-3:17New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may [a]because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of [b]visitation.
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent [c]by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 15 For [d]such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. 16 Act as free men, and [e]do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the [f]king.
18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are [g]unreasonable. 19 For this finds [h]favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds [i]favor with God.
Christ Is Our Example
21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 [j]and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself [k]bore our sins in His body on the [l]cross, so that we might die to [m]sin and live to righteousness; for by His [n]wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and [o]Guardian of your souls.
3 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2 as they observe your chaste and [p]respectful behavior. 3 Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right [q]without being frightened by any fear.
7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with [r]someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.
8 [s]To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but [t]giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For,
“The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
13 Who is [u]there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [v]are blessed. And do not fear their [w]intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but [x]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [y]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [z]reverence; 16 [aa]and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if [ab]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
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