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evil doers, they may by your noble deeds which they look at, praise God in the day of visitation.
Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake; whether to the king as supreme or to governors as sent by him for vengeance on evil doers and for praise to those who do well : (for thus it is the will of God that by well doing you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men): as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of baseness but as slaves of God.
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters,
With all fear.
But also to the crooked.
If through consciousness of God,
You take it patiently,
For to this you were called,
shouid follow his steps.
his mouth. Who when he was reviled, did not revile
Might live to right doing.
In the same way, wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, that if any do not obey the word they may without a word be gained by the behavior of their wives, as they watch your chaste behavior coupled with reverence.
And your adorning, let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on clothes, but let it be the hidden
man of the heart in the incorruptible clothes of the meek and quiet spirit which is of great value in the sight of God. For it was in this way
the holy women also who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, submitting themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you became her daughters by doing good and not being afraid.
Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives according to knowledge, giving honor to the woman as to the weaker vessel, as being also joint heirs of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be cut off. Finally, all of you be likeminded,
But on the contrary, blessing,
. For he who wishes to love life
And see good days,
And his lips that they speak no guile;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
But the face of the Lord is against the evil-doers.
become zealous for the good ? But even if you should suffer for thinking and doing what is right, blessed are you. And fear not their fear nor be troubled, but hallow Christ in your hearts as Lord, always ready with an answer for everybody who asks you a reason concerning the hope which is in you, yet with meekness and fear, having a good conscience, that in what you are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your noble conduct in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God is such, that you suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing. Because Christ also died for sins once, the good for the bad that he might bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but endued with life in the spirit. And in this also he went and preached to the spirits in prison, who were once disobedient when the long-suffering of God was waiting in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which few, that is eight souls were saved by means of the water. The counterpart of which now saves you,-baptism,- not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the appeal of a
good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being made subject to him.
Since then Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same thought ; for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin ; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the desires of men, but to the will of God.
For the past time was enough in which to do the will of the heathen and to walk in
and abominable idolatries. Because you have thus walked they think it strange that you no longer run with them into the same flood of self-abandonment, speaking evil of you. And they will give account to him who is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For, for this purpose was the good news preached even to the dead, that they may be judged indeed in the flesh as men are judged but may live in the spirit as God lives.