IV. The Christian Life and Its Sufferings
A. A Life in an Excellent Manner
toward All Men in All Concerns
1. As Sojourners among the Gentiles
11 Beloved, I entreat you as astrangers and bsojourners to cabstain from 1dfleshly lusts, which ewar against the 1fsoul,
12 Having your 1amanner of life 2bexcellent among the Gentiles, so that in the matter concerning which they cspeak against you as evildoers they may, by your dgood works, as they see them with their own eyes, eglorify God in the day of His 3fvisitation.
2. Toward Human Institutions
13 1Be asubject to every human 2institution 3for the Lord's sake, whether to a bking as being supreme,
14 Or to governors as being sent by him for avengeance on evildoers and praise of those who do bgood.
15 For so is the awill of God, that by doing good you would muzzle the bignorance of 1foolish men;
16 As afree, and yet bnot having freedom as a covering for evil, but as cslaves of God.
17 aHonor all men. bLove the 1brotherhood. cFear God. Honor the dking.
3. Servants toward Masters
18 Household aservants, be subject in all 1bfear to your masters, not only to the good and forbearing but also to the crooked.
19 For this is 1grace, if anyone, 2because of a aconsciousness of God, bears sorrows by suffering 3unjustly.
20 For what 1glory is it if, while sinning and being buffeted, you endure? But if, while doing good and asuffering, you endure, this is grace with God.
4. The Model of Christ
21 For to 1this you were acalled, because Christ also bsuffered on your behalf, leaving you a 2cmodel so that you may follow in His steps;
22 Who committed no asin, nor was guile found in His bmouth;
23 Who being reviled did anot revile in return; suffering, He did not threaten but kept committing 1all to Him who 2bjudges righteously;
24 Who Himself 1abore up our sins in His bbody on the 2ctree, in order that we, 3having ddied to sins, might 4elive 5to righteousness; by whose 6fbruise you were 7healed.
25 For you were like asheep being led astray, but you have now 1returned to the 2bShepherd and cOverseer of your 3dsouls.
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?