3:1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
3:2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3:3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
3:4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
3:5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
3:6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
3:7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
3:8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
3:9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
3:10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
3:11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
3:12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
3:13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
3:14But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
3:15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
3:16Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
3:17For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
3:18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
3:19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
3:20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
3:21The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
3:22Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
4:1Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
4:2That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
4:3For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4:4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
4:5Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
4:6For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
4:7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
4:8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
4:9Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
4:10As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
4:11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
4:12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
4:13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
4:14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
4:15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
4:16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
4:17For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
4:18And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
4:19Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
5:1The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
5:2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
5:3Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
5:4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5:5Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
5:7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
5:9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
5:10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
5:11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
5:12By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
5:13The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
5:14Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.