1 In like manner, ye wives, be subject to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they may, without the word, be gained through the conduct of their wives, 2 having beheld your chaste conduct mingled with fear: 3 whose adorning, let it not be the outward one of braiding of hair and of wearing of golden ornaments, or of putting on apparel; 4 but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price. 5 For thus, in former times, the holy women also, who hoped in God, were wont to adorn themselves, submitting themselves to their own husbands; 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, of whom ye became children; if ye do good, and fear no alarm.
7 Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with them according to knowledge, assigning honor to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not hindered.
8 And, finally, be ye all of one mind, compassionate, loving as brethren, tender-hearted, humble-minded; 9 not returning evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but, on the contrary, blessing; because to this end ye were called, that ye might inherit a blessing.
10 For, "He who wishes to love life, and to see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking guile; 11 and let him turn away from evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and pursue it; 12 because the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are toward their supplication; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye become zealous for that which is good? 14 But, if ye should even suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye. But fear not their fear, neither be troubled; 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts; ready always for an answer to every one who asks of you an account concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience; that, in whatever ye are spoken against, those who revile your good conduct may be put to shame. 17 For it is better, if the will of God should will it, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil-doing;
18 because Christ also suffered for sins once, a Righteous One in behalf of the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in flesh, but made alive in the Spirit,
19 in Whom, also, going, He preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who were once disobedient, when the long-suffering of God was waiting in the days of Noah, while an ark was being prepared, entering into which, a few, that is, eight, souls were saved through water; 21 which, in its anti-type, immersion, now saves you also (not a putting away of the filth of flesh, but the requirement of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 Who is on the right hand of God, having gone into Heaven, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.