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, but (D)with gentleness and (E)respect; 16 [c]and keep a (F)good conscience so that in the thing in which (G)you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For (H)it is better, (I)if [d]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18 For (J)Christ also [e]suffered for sins (K)once for all time, the just for the unjust, so that He might (L)bring us to God, having been put to death (M)in the flesh, but made alive (N)in the [f]spirit;

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 3:15 I.e., set apart
  2. 1 Peter 3:15 Or argument; or explanation
  3. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit having a good
  4. 1 Peter 3:17 Lit the will of God
  5. 1 Peter 3:18 One early ms died
  6. 1 Peter 3:18 Or Spirit