1 In like manner, ye wives, be subject 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, 2 Beholding your chaste conversation joined with fear: 3 Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of curling the hair, and of wearing gold, or of putting on apparel, But the hidden man of the heart, 4 in the incorruptible ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price. 5 For thus the holy women also of old time who trusted in God, adorned themselves, 6 being subject to their own husbands, As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose children ye are while ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 In like manner, ye husbands, dwell according to knowledge with the woman, as the weaker vessel; giving them honour, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, Be ye all of one mind, sympathizing with each other, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are called to this, to inherit a blessing.
10 For he that loveth life and desireth to see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips, that they speak no guile: 11 Let him turn from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But even if ye do suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye; and be not afraid of their terror, neither be ye troubled, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: 15 And be always ready to give an answer to every one that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience, that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.
18 For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh,
19 but raised to life by the spirit, By which likewise he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 Who some time disbelieved, when the long-suffering of God waited in the Days of Noah, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight persons were saved through the water: 21 The antitype whereof, baptism, now saveth us, (not the putting away the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 Who being gone into heaven, is on the right-hand of God, angels, and authorities, and powers being subjected to him.