1In like manner, YOU wives, be in subjection to YOUR own husbands, in order that, if any are not obedient to the word, they may be won without a word through the conduct of [their] wives,2because of having been eyewitnesses of YOUR chaste conduct together with deep respect.3And do not let YOUR adornment be that of the external braiding of the hair and of the putting on of gold ornaments or the wearing of outer garments,4but let it be the secret person of the heart in the incorruptible [apparel] of the quiet and mild spirit, which is of great value in the eyes of God.5For so, too, formerly the holy women who were hoping in God used to adorn themselves, subjecting themselves to their own husbands,6as Sarah used to obey Abraham, calling him “lord.” And YOU have become her children, provided YOU keep on doing good and not fearing any cause for terror.
7YOU husbands, continue dwelling in like manner with them according to knowledge, assigning them honor as to a weaker vessel, the feminine one, since YOU are also heirs with them of the undeserved favor of life, in order for YOUR prayers not to be hindered.
8Finally, all of YOU be like‐minded, showing fellow feeling, having brotherly affection, tenderly compassionate, humble in mind,9not paying back injury for injury or reviling for reviling, but, to the contrary, bestowing a blessing, because YOU were called to this [course], so that YOU might inherit a blessing.
10For, “he that would love life and see good days, let him restrain his tongue from what is bad and [his] lips from speaking deception,11but let him turn away from what is bad and do what is good; let him seek peace and pursue it.12For [the] eyes of Jehovah are upon the righteous ones, and his ears are toward their supplication; but [the] face of Jehovah is against those doing bad things.”
13Indeed, who is the man that will harm YOU if YOU become zealous for what is good?14But even if YOU should suffer for the sake of righteousness, YOU are happy. However, the object of their fear do not YOU fear, neither become agitated.15But sanctify the Christ as Lord in YOUR hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of YOU a reason for the hope in YOU, but doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect.
16Hold a good conscience, so that in the particular in which YOU are spoken against they may get ashamed who are speaking slightingly of YOUR good conduct in connection with Christ.17For it is better to suffer because YOU are doing good, if the will of God wishes it, than because YOU are doing evil.18Why, even Christ died once for all time concerning sins, a righteous [person] for unrighteous ones, that he might lead YOU to God, he being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive in the spirit.19In this [state] also he went his way and preached to the spirits in prison,20who had once been disobedient when the patience of God was waiting in Noah’s days, while the ark was being constructed, in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.
21That which corresponds to this is also now saving YOU, namely, baptism, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request made to God for a good conscience,) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.22He is at God’s right hand, for he went his way to heaven; and angels and authorities and powers were made subject to him.