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1 Peter Chapter 3

1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any {of them} are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,

2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.

3 Your adornment must not be {merely} external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;

4 but {let it be} the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.

5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands;

6 just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

7 You husbands in the same way, live with {your wives} in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.




13 Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always {being} ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, {the} just for {the} unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

19 in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits {now} in prison,

20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through {the} water.

21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you--not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

King James Bible


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Matthew Henry's Bible commentary for 1 Peter Chapter 3...

The duties of wives and husbands. (1-7) Christians exhorted to agree. (8-13) And encouraged to patience under persecutions for righteousness' sake, considering that Christ suffered patiently. (14-22)1-7 The wife must discharge her duty to her own husband, though he obey not the word. We daily see how narrowly evil men watch the ways and lives of professors of religion. Putting on of apparel is not forbidden, but vanity and costliness in ornament. Religious people should take care that all their behaviour answers to their profession. But how few know the right measure and bounds of those two necessaries of life, food and raiment! Unless poverty is our carver, and cuts us short, there is scarcely any one who does not desire something beyond what is good for us. Far more are beholden to the lowliness of their state, than the lowliness of their mind; and many will not be so bounded, but lavish their time and money upon trifles. The apostle directs Christian females to put on something not corruptible, that beautifies the soul, even the graces of God's Holy Spirit. A true Christian's chief care lies in right ordering his own spirit. This will do more to fix the affections, and excite the esteem of a husband, than studied ornaments or fashionable apparel, attended by a froward and quarrelsome temper. Christians ought to do their duty to one another, from a willing mind, and in obedience to the command of God. Wives should be subject to their husbands, not from dread and amazement, but from desire to do well, and please God. The husband's duty to the wife implies giving due respect unto her, and maintaining her authority, protecting her, and placing trust in her. They are heirs together of all the blessings of this life and that which is to come, and should live peaceably one with another. Prayer sweetens their converse. And it is not enough that they pray with the family, but husband and wife together by themselves, and with their children. Those who are acquainted with prayer, find such unspeakable sweetness in it, that they will not be hindered therein. That you may pray much, live holily; and that you may live holily, be much in prayer. 8-13 Though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet they should have compassion one of another, and love as brethren. If any man desires to live comfortably on earth, or to possess eternal life in heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words. He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men. For God, all-wise and every where present, watches over the righteous, and takes care of them. None could or should harm those who copied the example of Christ, who is perfect goodness, and did good to others as his followers. 14-22 We sanctify God before others, when our conduct invites and encourages them to glorify and honour him. What was the ground and reason of their hope? We should be able to defend our religion with meekness, in the fear of God. There is no room for any other fears where this great fear is; it disturbs not. The conscience is good, when it does its office well. That person is in a sad condition on whom sin and suffering meet: sin makes suffering extreme, comfortless, and destructive. Surely it is better to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing, whatever our natural impatience at times may suggest. The example of Christ is an argument for patience under sufferings. In the case of our Lord's suffering, he that knew no sin, suffered instead of those who knew no righteousness. The blessed end and design of our Lord's sufferings were, to reconcile us to God, and to bring us to eternal glory. He was put to death in respect of his human nature, but was quickened and raised by the power of the Holy Spirit. If Christ could not be freed from sufferings, why should Christians think to be so? God takes exact notice of the means and advantages people in all ages have had. As to the old world, Christ sent his Spirit; gave warning by Noah. But though the patience of God waits long, it will cease at last. And the spirits of disobedient sinners, as soon as they are out of their bodies, are committed to the prison of hell, where those that despised Noah's warning now are, and from whence there is no redemption. Noah's salvation in the ark upon the water, which carried him above the floods, set forth the salvation of all true believers. That temporal salvation by the ark was a type of the eternal salvation of believers by baptism of the Holy Spirit. To prevent mistakes, the apostle declares what he means by saving baptism; not the outward ceremony of washing with water, which, in itself, does no more than put away the filth of the flesh, but that baptism, of which the baptismal water formed the sign. Not the outward ordinance, but when a man, by the regeneration of the Spirit, was enabled to repent and profess faith, and purpose a new life, uprightly, and as in the presence of God. Let us beware that we rest not upon outward forms. Let us learn to look on the ordinances of God spiritually, and to inquire after the spiritual effect and working of them on our consciences. We would willingly have all religion reduced to outward things. But many who were baptized, and constantly attended the ordinances, have remained without Christ, died in their sins, and are now past recovery. Rest not then till thou art cleansed by the Spirit of Christ and the blood of Christ. His resurrection from the dead is that whereby we are assured of purifying and peace.


Timothy Wayne George's comment on 8/10/2012, 8:33am...

Praise God for Sara, obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. She is an example of the wife with a meek, and quiet spirit. Husbands are to dwell with their wives according to knowledge, giving honor unto them as the weaker vessel, and as joint heirs of the grace of life, so that our prayers will not be hindered. We were called to inherit a blessing. We must refrain our tongue from speaking evil, and not render railing for railing, instead blessing. Always be ready to give an answer to those who question us of the hope that is in us, by sanctifying the Lord God in our hearts. Who can harm us, if we be followers of that which is good? Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. It is the will of God that we should suffer for well doing, and not as evildoers. Christ is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven, where angels and authorities and powers are subject unto Him. One day we will be with Him. So let us run with patience this race that is set before us, looking unto to Jesus, the author, and finisher of our most holy faith.


OLADOKUN IBUKUN's comment about verse 7 on 7/23/2012, 8:43am...

\"Likewise ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers be not hindered.
- King James Version (1611) - Compare to scan of original 1 Peter chapter 3\" Husbands should treat wife as if he is holder,handling or taken care of,or in-charge of a delicate substance in all matter. Since, they both have inheritance with the father.To correct the saying of some people that \"women are weaker vessels \" today the bible makes it clear that women should be handled as a delicate object that must not break or fall of that, the husband will have to give account of to the heavenly father.


marcdante's comment on 2/12/2012, 5:09pm...

Peter Chapter 3 verse were the salvation begin. John the Baptist,the son of Zacharias from the division of Abejah, the eight of the 24 division of Aaron\'s son\'s. John the Baptist is a grandson of Aaron the High Priest of the testament. laying hands on sacrificial animal to pass the sin of Israel was sacrificial ordinance of God to Aaron.
John the Baptist a grandson of High Priest Aaron pass all the sin of the world by baptizing Jesus in the Jordan River..and John testified the next day. lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world\"..John the Baptist pass the sin of the world to Jesus. And this is what water means in gospel of water and spirit.


Cyrusthegreat's comment on 2/06/2012, 2:24pm...

1 Peter Chapter 3, verse 19 (prison)

Verse 19 speaks plainly of a third condition, where the just who had died before the redemption were waiting for heaven to be opened to them. After his death and before his resurrection, Christ visited those experiencing this third condition and preached to them the good news that his victory over sin was complete, and heaven would now be opened to them. These people thus were not yet in heaven, their final destination, but neither were they experiencing the torments of hell, from which there is no escape.

Luke 12:59
I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.


JJ's comment on 1/12/2012, 1:45pm...

Baptism is not apart from faith, belief and baptism are two sides of the same coin. I have never seem the verse in the Bible \"Baptism is an act of obiedence\". Rather Acts 2, 38 Repent, and be baptized (water) every one of you (all ages of people) in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the holy spirit\". For the promise is unto you and to your Children.......No age limit here or age of accountability. Also, baptism is more the effect of the water, not the quantity (immersion vs pouring).



Test Your Knowledge of 1 Peter Chapter 3

1.  What should you be ready to give to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you?



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