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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible


1 Peter 3:1-22


  • Wives and husbands (1-7)

  • Show fellow feeling; seek peace (8-12)

  • Suffering for righteousness’ sake (13-22)

    • Be ready to defend your hope (15)

    • Baptism and a good conscience (21)

3  In the same way, you wives, be in subjection to your husbands,+ so that if any are not obedient to the word, they may be won without a word through the conduct of their wives,+ 2  because of having been eyewitnesses of your chaste conduct+ together with deep respect. 3  Do not let your adornment be external—the braiding of hair and the wearing of gold ornaments+ or fine clothing— 4  but let it be the secret person of the heart in the incorruptible adornment of the quiet and mild spirit,+ which is of great value in the eyes of God. 5  For this is how the holy women of the past who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, subjecting themselves to their husbands, 6  just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord.+ And you have become her children, provided you continue doing good and do not give in to fear.+ 7  You husbands, in the same way, continue dwelling with them according to knowledge.* Assign them honor+ as to a weaker vessel, the feminine one, since they are also heirs with you+ of the undeserved favor of life, in order for your prayers not to be hindered. 8  Finally, all of you have unity of mind,*+ fellow feeling, brotherly affection, tender compassion,+ and humility.+ 9  Do not pay back injury for injury+ or insult for insult.+ Instead, repay with a blessing,+ for you were called to this course, so that you might inherit a blessing. 10  For “whoever would love life and see good days must guard his tongue from bad+ and his lips from speaking deception. 11  Let him turn away from what is bad+ and do what is good;+ let him seek peace and pursue it.+ 12  For the eyes of Jehovah* are on the righteous, and his ears listen to their supplication,+ but the face of Jehovah* is against those doing bad things.”+ 13  Indeed, who will harm you if you become zealous for what is good?+ 14  But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are happy.+ However, do not fear what they fear,* nor be disturbed.+ 15  But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper+ and deep respect.+ 16  Maintain a good conscience,+ so that in whatever way you are spoken against, those who speak against you may be put to shame+ because of your good conduct as followers of Christ.+ 17  For it is better to suffer because you are doing good,+ if it is God’s will to allow it, than because you are doing evil.+ 18  For Christ died once for all time for sins,+ a righteous person for unrighteous ones,+ in order to lead you to God.+ He was put to death in the flesh+ but made alive in the spirit.+ 19  And in this state he went and preached to the spirits in prison,+ 20  who had formerly been disobedient when God was patiently waiting* in Noah’s day,+ while the ark was being constructed,+ in which a few people, that is, eight souls,* were carried safely through the water.+ 21  Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience),+ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 22  He is at God’s right hand,+ for he went to heaven, and angels and authorities and powers were made subject to him.+


Or “showing them consideration; understanding them.”
Or “think in agreement.”
Or possibly, “do not fear their threats.”
Lit., “the patience of God was waiting.”
Or “persons.”