3 In like manner ye wives—submitting yourselves unto your own husbands; In order that if any are not yielding unto the word Through their wives’ behaviour they may without the word be won,
2 Having been permitted to behold your reverently chaste behaviour,—
3 Whose adorning let it be—Not the outward of plaiting the hair and wearing golden ornaments or putting on of apparel
4 But the hidden character of the heart—In the incorruptible [ornament] of the quiet and meek spirit which is in presence of God of great price.
5 For so at one time the holy women also who directed their hope towards God used to adorn themselves being in submission unto their own husbands:
6 As Sarah was obedient unto Abraham calling him lord,—Whose children ye have become—so long as ye are doing good and not bringing yourselves into fear of any single cause of alarm.
7 Ye husbands in like manner dwelling with them according to knowledge,—As unto a weaker vessel unto the female [vessel] assigning honour, As joint-inheritors also of life’s favour,—To the end that unhindered may be your prayers.
8 And finally all being of one mind, having fellow-feeling, attached to the brethren, of tender affection, of lowly mind:
9 Not returning evil for evil Nor reviling for reviling, But on the contrary bestowing a blessing,—Because hereunto have ye been called, In order that a blessing ye might inherit.
10 For he that desireth to love life And to see good days Let him cause his tongue to cease from mischief, And lips that they speak not deceit;
11 Let him turn away from mischief and do good, Let him seek peace and pursue it;
12 Because the eyes of the Lord are towards the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication,—Whereas the face of the Lord is against them that are doing mischievous things.
13 Who then is he that shall harm you if for that which is good ye become zealous?
14 Nevertheless even if ye should suffer for righteousness’ sake happy [are ye]! Their fear however do not fear neither be troubled;
15 But the Lord Christ hallow ye in your hearts, Ready always for a defence unto every one that is asking you a reason concerning the hope within you,—Nevertheless with meekness and reverence:
16 Having a good conscience, In order that Wherein they speak against you they may be put to shame who cast wanton insult on your good behaviour in Christ.
17 For it is better as well-doers if it should please the pleasure of God to be suffering, than as evil-doers:
18 Because Christ also once for all concerning sins died,—Just in behalf of unjust,—In order that he might introduce us unto God; Being put to death indeed in flesh, But made alive in spirit,—
19 In which even unto the spirits in prison he went and proclaimed,—
20 [Spirits] unyielding at one time, When the longsuffering of God was holding forth a welcome in the days of Noah, There being in preparation an ark—[Going] into which a few that is eight souls were brought safely through by means of water,—
21 Which [water] in manner corresponding doth now save you also—even immersion,—Not a putting away of the filth of the flesh But the request unto God for a good conscience Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,—
22 Who is on the right hand of God, Having gone into heaven, Messengers and authorities and powers having been made subject unto him.