1 Ye women likewise, be subject to your own husbands, that if any believe not the word, they may yet without the word be gained over by the deportment of the wives, 2 beholding your chaste conversation in the fear of God. 3 Whose adorning, let it not be that without, of plaiting the hair, and putting on of gold, or wearing fine clothes; 4 but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For so also formerly the holy women, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being submissive to their husbands; as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him her lord: 6 whose daughters ye are, if ye do well, and are not terrified with any sinful fear.
7 Ye husbands likewise, dwell with them according to knowledge, yielding due respect to the wife as the weaker vessel, and as joint-heirs of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, my beloved, be unanimous, be sympathizing, love as brethren, be compassionate, be courteous: 9 not returning evil for evil, or reproach for reproach: but on the contrary blessing even those that curse you: knowing ye are called unto this, that ye may obtain a blessing.
10 "For he that would desire life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile; 11 let him turn away from evil, and do good: 12 let him seek peace, and pursue it: for the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."
13 And who will hurt you, if ye be imitators of Him that is good? 14 But if ye should even suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye: and therefore be not afraid of their menaces, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: 15 and be always ready to answer every one that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and reverence: 16 having a good conscience, that whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may be ashamed who calumniate your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better (if it be the will of God) to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 As Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust (that He might introduce us to God) being indeed put to death in the flesh, but raised to life by the Spirit:
19 by which also He went and preached to the spirits now in prison; 20 who of old were disobedient, when the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing; wherein a few, that is eight souls, were saved by water. 21 The resemblance of which, even baptism, doth also now save us, (not the outward cleansing of filth from the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who is gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to Him.