3:1¤ 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,
3:2Considering your chaste conversation with fear.
3:3Whose adorning, let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:
3:4But the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit which is rich in the sight of God.
3:5For after this manner heretofore, the holy women also who trusted in God adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:
3:6As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well and not fearing any disturbance.
3:7Ye 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.
3:8And in fine, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble:
3:9Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may 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 decline from evil and do good: Let him seek after peace and pursue it:
3:12Because 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.
3:13And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?
3:14But if also you suffer any thing for justice' sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear: and be not troubled.
3:15But 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.
3:16But 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.
3:17For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer than doing ill.
3:18Because 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,
3:19In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison:
3:20Which 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.
3:21Whereunto 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.
3:22Who 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.
4:1¤ Christ therefore having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same thought: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sins:
4:2That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh, not after the desires of men but according to the will of God.
4:3For the time past is sufficient to have fulfilled the will of the Gentiles, for them who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings and unlawful worshipping of idols.
4:4Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them into the same confusion of riotousness: speaking evil of you.
4:5Who shall render account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
4:6For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to the dead: That they might be judged indeed according to men, in the flesh: but may live according to God, in the Spirit.
4:7But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent therefore and watch in prayers.
4:8But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.
4:9Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring,
4:10As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
4:11If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God. If any man minister, let him do it, as of the power which God administereth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.
4:12Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you: as if some new thing happened to you.
4:13But if you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
4:14If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be blessed: for that which is of the honour, glory and power of God, and that which is his Spirit resteth upon you.
4:15But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or a railer or a coveter of other men's things.
4:16But, if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God in that name.
4:17For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if at first at us, what shall be the end of them that believe not the gospel of God?
4:18And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
4:19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
5:1¤ The ancients therefore that are among you, I beseech who am myself also an ancient and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come:
5:2Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre's sake but voluntarily:
5:3Neither as lording it over the clergy but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart.
5:4And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory.
5:5In like manner, ye young men, be subject to the ancients. And do you all insinuate humility one to another: for God resisteth the proud, but to the humble he giveth grace.
5:6Be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation:
5:7Casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you.
5:8Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour.
5:9Whom resist ye, strong in faith: knowing that the same affliction befalls, your brethren who are in the world.
5:10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, will himself perfect you and confirm you and establish you.
5:11To him be glory and empire, for ever and ever. Amen.
5:12By Sylvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I think, I have written briefly: beseeching and testifying that this is the true grace of God, wherein you stand.
5:13The church that is in Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you. And so doth my son, Mark.
5:14Salute one another with a holy kiss. Grace be to all you who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.