1In the same way, wives, submit to your husbands; so that even if some of them do not believe the Word, they will be won over by your conduct, without your saying anything, 2as they see your respectful and pure behavior. 3Your beauty should not consist in externals such as fancy hairstyles, gold jewelry or what you wear; 4rather, let it be the inner character of your heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit. In God’s sight this is of great value. 5This is how the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves and submit to their husbands, 6the way Sarah obeyed Avraham, honoring him as her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not succumb to fear.
7You husbands, likewise, conduct your married lives with understanding. Although your wife may be weaker physically, you should respect her as a fellow-heir of the gift of Life. If you don’t, your prayers will be blocked.
8Finally, all of you, be one in mind and feeling; love as brothers; and be compassionate and humble-minded, 9not repaying evil with evil or insult with insult, but, on the contrary, with blessing. For it is to this that you have been called, so that you may receive a blessing. 10For
“Whoever wants to love life and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit,
11turn from evil and do good,
seek peace and chase after it.
12For Adonai keeps his eyes on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayers;
but the face of Adonai is against
those who do evil things.”
13For who will hurt you if you become zealots for what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for being righteous, you are blessed! Moreover, don’t fear what they fear or be disturbed, 15but treat the Messiah as holy, as Lord in your hearts; while remaining always ready to give a reasoned answer to anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you — yet with humility and fear, 16keeping your conscience clear, so that when you are spoken against, those who abuse the good behavior flowing from your union with the Messiah may be put to shame. 17For if God has in fact willed that you should suffer, it is better that you suffer for doing what is good than for doing what is evil.
18For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit; 19and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, 20to those who were disobedient long ago, in the days of Noach, when God waited patiently during the building of the ark, in which a few people — to be specific, eight — were delivered by means of water. 21This also prefigures what delivers us now, the water of immersion, which is not the removal of dirt from the body, but one’s pledge to keep a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Yeshua the Messiah. 22He has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities and powers subject to him.