1 In like manner let the women be subject to their husbands, that even if some disobey the word, they may be gained through the conduct of their wives without the word, 2 seeing your pure mode of life in the fear [of God]. 3 Whose ornament let it not be the external [ornament] of braided hair and the putting on of chains of gold or of clothing, 4 but let the hidden man of the heart be adorned with the imperishable [ornaments] of a meek and quiet spirit, which are of great price before God. 5 For so formerly also the holy women who hoped in God adorned themselves, being subject to their husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord, whose children you are, doing good and having no fear.
7 In like manner let the husbands [do], living together in knowledge with the wife as with a vessel of less strength, deeming them precious, co-heirs of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
8 Finally, be all of one mind, sympathising, loving as brothers, compassionate, humble, 9 not returning evil for evil or railing for railing, but on the contrary blessing [your enemies], because to this you are called, that you may inherit blessing.
10 For he that will love life and see good days, let him withhold his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, 11 let him abstain from evil and do good, let him seek peace and pursue it, 12 for the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will injure you if you are followers of what is good? 14 But even if you suffer on account of righteousness, you are blessed. But fear not with their fear, neither be troubled; 15 and sanctify the anointed Lord in your hearts, and be always ready with a defense to every one that asks you a reason for the hope that is in you; but with meekness and fear, 16 having a good conscience, that in what they speak evil of you they may be ashamed who slander your good conduct in Christ. 17 For it is better to suffer doing good, if the will of God allows, than doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might lead us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,
19 in which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who were formerly disobedient when the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is eight souls, were saved by water. 21 The archetype of which, baptism, also now saves us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience in God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is on the right hand of God, having gone to heaven, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him.