THE FIRST EPISTLE
5. In Marriage Life
1 In 1like manner, awives, be subject to your own husbands, that even if any disobey the 2word, they will be gained without the 2word through the manner of life of their bwives,
2 Seeing with their own eyes your 1pure manner of life 2in 3afear.
3 Let your aadorning not be the outward 1plaiting of hair and putting on of bgold or clothing with garments,
4 But the 1hidden man of the aheart in the incorruptible adornment of a meek and quiet bspirit, which is very ccostly in the sight of God.
5 For in this manner formerly the holy women also, who ahoped in God, adorned themselves, being bsubject to their own husbands,
6 As Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him alord; whose children you have become, if you do good and do not bfear any 1terror.
7 aHusbands, in like manner dwell together with them 1according to knowledge, as with the 2weaker, female 3vessel, 4assigning bhonor to them as also to cfellow heirs of the 5grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
6. In Common Life
8 And finally be all of the asame mind, sympathetic, bloving the brothers, ctenderhearted, dhumble-minded;
9 Not rendering aevil for evil or breviling for reviling, but on the contrary 1cblessing one another, because you were dcalled 2to this, that you might inherit eblessing.
10 For a"he who desires to love life and see 1good days, let him cause his btongue to cease from evil and his lips to speak no guile.
11 And let him aturn away from evil and do good; let him bseek peace and pursue it;
12 For the aeyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His bears incline to their petition; but the cface of the Lord is against those who do evil.''
13 And who will harm you if you become zealous for what is agood?
B. Suffering for Righteousness
by the Will of God as Christ Did
14 But even if you asuffer because of brighteousness, you are cblessed. And do not be dafraid with fear from them, nor be etroubled,
15 But 1asanctify Christ as bLord in your hearts, being always ready for a defense to everyone who asks of you an account concerning the 2chope which is in you,
16 Yet with ameekness and 1bfear, having a good 2cconscience, so that in the matter in which you are dspoken against, those who erevile your good fmanner of life 3gin Christ may be put to hshame.
17 For it is better, if the awill of God should will it, to bsuffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also has suffered once for 1sins, the Righteous 2aon behalf of the unrighteous, that He might bring you bto God, on the one hand being put to death in the flesh, but on the other, made alive in the 3Spirit;
19 In 1which also He went and 2proclaimed to the 3spirits in 4prison,
20 1Who had formerly disobeyed when the long-suffering of God waited in the days of aNoah, while the ark was being prepared; entering into which, a few, that is, eight souls, were 2brought safely through 3by bwater.
21 1Which water, as the antitype, also now saves you, that is, 2baptism, 3not a putting away of the filth of the flesh but the 4appeal of a good aconscience unto God, through the bresurrection of Jesus Christ,
22 1Who is at the aright hand of God, having gone into bheaven, cangels and dauthorities and powers being esubjected to Him.