1 Peter (Author Peter)

3:1Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, that, even if any are disobedient to the word, they may be gained without the word by the conversation of the wives,

3:2having witnessed your pure conversation carried out in fear;

3:3whose adorning let it not be that outward one of tressing of hair, and wearing gold, or putting on apparel;

3:4but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.

3:5For thus also the holy women who have hoped in God heretofore adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands;

3:6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose children ye have become, doing good, and not fearing with any kind of consternation.

3:7Ye husbands likewise, dwell with them according to knowledge, as with a weaker, even the female, vessel, giving them honour, as also fellow-heirs of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.

3:8Finally, be all of one mind, sympathising, full of brotherly love, tender hearted, humble minded;

3:9not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing; but on the contrary, blessing others, because ye have been called to this, that ye should inherit blessing.

3:10For he that will love life and see good days, let him cause his tongue to cease from evil and his lips that they speak no guile.

3:11And let him avoid evil, and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it;

3:12because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears towards their supplications; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

3:13And who shall injure you if ye have become imitators of that which is good?

3:14But if also ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed are ye; but be not afraid of their fear, neither be troubled;

3:15but sanctify the Lord the Christ in your hearts, and be always prepared to give an answer to every one that asks you to give an account of the hope that is in you, but with meekness and fear;

3:16having a good conscience, that as to that in which they speak against you as evildoers, they may be ashamed who calumniate your good conversation in Christ.

3:17For it is better, if the will of God should will it, to suffer as well-doers than as evildoers;

3:18for Christ indeed has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in flesh, but made alive in the Spirit,

3:19in which also going he preached to the spirits which are in prison,

3:20heretofore disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was preparing, into which few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water:

3:21which figure also now saves you, even baptism, not a putting away of the filth of flesh, but the demand as before God of a good conscience, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

3:22who is at the right hand of God, gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being subjected to him.

4:1Christ, then, having suffered for us in the flesh, do *ye* also arm yourselves with the same mind; for he that has suffered in the flesh has done with sin,

4:2no longer to live the rest of his time in the flesh to men's lusts, but to God's will.

4:3For the time past is sufficient for us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, walking in lasciviousness, lusts, wine-drinking, revels, drinkings, and unhallowed idolatries.

4:4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same sink of corruption, speaking injuriously of you;

4:5who shall render account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

4:6For to this end were the glad tidings preached to the dead also, that they might be judged, as regards men, after the flesh, but live, as regards God, after the Spirit.

4:7But the end of all things is drawn nigh: be sober therefore, and be watchful unto prayers;

4:8but before all things having fervent love among yourselves, because love covers a multitude of sins;

4:9hospitable one to another, without murmuring;

4:10each according as he has received a gift, ministering it to one another, as good stewards of the various grace of God.

4:11If any one speak -- as oracles of God; if any one minister -- as of strength which God supplies; that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the might for the ages of ages. Amen.

4:12Beloved, take not as strange the fire of persecution which has taken place amongst you for your trial, as if a strange thing was happening to you;

4:13but as ye have share in the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that in the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exultation.

4:14If ye are reproached in the name of Christ, blessed are ye; for the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God rests upon you: on their part he is blasphemed, but on your part he is glorified.

4:15Let none of you suffer indeed as murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or as overseer of other people's matters;

4:16but if as a christian, let him not be ashamed, but glorify God in this name.

4:17For the time of having the judgment begin from the house of God is come; but if first from us, what shall be the end of those who obey not the glad tidings of God?

4:18And if the righteous is difficultly saved, where shall the impious and the sinner appear?

4:19Wherefore also let them who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing to a faithful Creator.

5:1The elders which are among you I exhort, who am their fellow-elder and witness of the sufferings of the Christ, who also am partaker of the glory about to be revealed:

5:2shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising oversight, not by necessity, but willingly; not for base gain, but readily;

5:3not as lording it over your possessions, but being models for the flock.

5:4And when the chief shepherd is manifested ye shall receive the unfading crown of glory.

5:5Likewise ye younger, be subject to the elder, and all of you bind on humility towards one another; for God sets himself against the proud, but to the humble gives grace.

5:6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the due time;

5:7having cast all your care upon him, for he cares about you.

5:8Be vigilant, watch. Your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour.

5:9Whom resist, stedfast in faith, knowing that the selfsame sufferings are accomplished in your brotherhood which is in the world.

5:10But the God of all grace who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, when ye have suffered for a little while, himself shall make perfect, stablish, strengthen, ground:

5:11to him be the glory and the might for the ages of the ages. Amen.

5:12By Silvanus, the faithful brother, as I suppose, I have written to you briefly; exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which ye stand.

5:13She that is elected with you in Babylon salutes you, and Marcus my son.

5:14Salute one another with a kiss of love. Peace be with you all who are in Christ.

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