Submission to Husbands
1Wives, likewise, be #Gen. 3:16; 1 Cor. 14:34; Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, #1 Cor. 7:16they, without a word, may #Matt. 18:15be won by the conduct of their wives, 2#1 Pet. 2:12; 3:6when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3#Is. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:9Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4rather let it be #Rom. 2:29the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6as Sarah obeyed Abraham, #Gen. 18:12calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
A Word to Husbands
7#1 Cor. 7:3; (Eph. 5:25); Col. 3:19Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, #1 Cor. 12:23as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, #Job 42:8that your prayers may not be hindered.
Called to Blessing
8Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9#(Prov. 17:13)not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary #Matt. 5:44blessing, knowing that you were called to this, #Matt. 25:34that you may inherit a blessing. 10For
#Ps. 34:12–16“He who would love life
And see good days,
#James 1:26Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11Let him #Ps. 37:27turn away from evil and do good;
#Rom. 12:18Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
#John 9:31And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Suffering for Right and Wrong
13#Prov. 16:7And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14#James 1:12But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. #Is. 8:12“And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always #Ps. 119:46be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the #(Titus 3:7)hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16#1 Tim. 1:5; Heb. 13:18; 1 Pet. 3:21having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
Christ’s Suffering and Ours
18For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21#Acts 16:33; Eph. 5:26There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism #(Titus 3:5)(not the removal of the filth of the flesh, #(Rom. 10:10)but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and #Ps. 110:1is at the right hand of God, #Rom. 8:38; Heb. 1:6angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.