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12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
(A)And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Suffering for Right and Wrong

13 (B)And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 (C)But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. (D)“And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But [a]sanctify [b]the Lord God in your hearts, and always (E)be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the (F)hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 (G)having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 3:15 set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 NU Christ as Lord