Wives And Husbands
Wives, in the same way be Submissive to your husbands
So that, if any of them do not believe the Word,
THAT THEY MAY BE WON OVER WITHOUT TALK
BY THE BEHAVIOR OF THEIR WIVES.,
2 WHEN THEY SEE THE PURITY AND REVERENCE OF YOUR LIVES.
3 YOUR BEAUTY SHOULD NOT COME FROM OUTWARD ADORNMENT,
SUCH AS BRAIDED HAIR AND THE WEARING OF GOLD JEWELRY
AND FINE CLOTHES.
4 INSTEAD, IT SHOULD BE THAT OF YOUR INNER SELF,
THE UNFADING BEAUTY OF A GENTLE AND QUIET SPIRIT,
WHICH IS OF GREAT WORTH IN GOD'S SIGHT.
5 For this is the Way the Holy women of the Past
Who put their Hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.
They were Submissive to their own husbands,
6 Like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham
And called him her master.
YOU ARE HER DAUGHTERS IF YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT
AND DO NOT GIVE WAY TO FEAR.
7 HUSBANDS, IN THE SAME WAY BE CONSIDERATE
AS YOU LIVE WITH YOUR WIVES,
AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT AS THE WEAKER PARTNER
AND AS HEIRS WITH YOU OF THE GRACIOUS GIFT OF LIFE,
SO THAT NOTHING WILL HINDER YOUR PRAYERS.
Suffering For Doing Good
8 Finally, all of you, lie in Harmony with one another;
Be Compassionate and Humble.
9 Do not repay Evil with Evil or Insult with Insult,
But with Blessing,
BECAUSE TO THIS YOUR WERE CALLED
SO THAT YOU MAY INHERIT A BLESSING. For,
'Whoever would love Life and see Good Days
Must keep his Tongue from Evil
And his Lips from Deceitful Speech.
11 He must turn from Evil and do Good;
He must Seek Peace and Pursue it.
12 For the Eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
And His Ears are Attentive to their Prayer,
BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD
IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.'
13 Who is going to Harm you if you are eager to do Good?
14 But even if you should Suffer for what is Right,
YOU ARE BLESSED.
'DO NOT FEAR WHAT THEY FEAR'
DO NOT BE FRIGHTENED.'
15 BUT IN YOUR HEARTS SET APART CHRIST AS LORD.
ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER
TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU
TO GIVE THE REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE.
But do this with Gentleness and Respect,
Keeping a Clear Conscience,
So that those who speak Maliciously
Against your Good Behavior In Christ
May be Ashamed of their Slander.
17 It is better, if it is God's Will,
TO SUFFER FOR DOING GOOD THAN FOR DOING EVIL.
18 FOR CHRIST DIED ONE FOR ALL,
THE RIGHTEOUS FOR THE UNRIGHTEOUS,
TO BRING YOU TO GOD.
HE WAS PUT TO DEATH IN THE BODY
BUT MADE ALIVE BY THE SPIRIT,
19 Through whom also He went and Preached
To the spirits in Prison
20 Who Disobeyed long ago
When God waited Patiently in the Days of Noah
While the Ark was being built.
IN IT ONLY A FEW PEOPLE, EIGHT IN ALL,
WERE SAVED THROUGH WATER,
21 AND THIS WATER SYMBOLIZES BAPTISM
THAT NOW SAVES YOU ALSO--
NOT THE REMOVAL OF DIRT FROM THE BODY
BUT THE PLEDGE OF GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD GOD.
IT SAVES YOU BY THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST,
22 WHO HAS GONE INTO HEAVEN
AND IS AT GOD'S RIGHT HAND--
WITH ANGELS, AUTHORITIES AND POWERS
IN SUBMISSION TO HIM.
(1 Peter 3)