The First Epistle General of Peter
1 – In like manner also let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be won without the word, by the conversation of the wives.
2 – Considering your chaste conversation with fear.
3 – Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:
4 – But the hidden man of the heart in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God.
5 – For after this manner heretofore the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:
6 – As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any disturbance.
7 – Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the female as to the weaker vessel, and as to the co-heirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered.
8 – And in fine, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble:
9 – Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
11 – Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek after peace and pursue it:
12 – Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord upon them that do evil things.
13 – And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?
14 – But if also you suffer any thing for justice’ sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear, and be not troubled.
15 – But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
16 – But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 – For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill.
18 – Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit,
19 – In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison:
20 – Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
21 – Whereunto baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
22 – Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing down death, that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.
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