Bible: 1 Peter 2:13-3:7

Submission to Authorities

2:13 Be subject to every human institution 1  for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme 2:14 or to governors as those he commissions 2  to punish wrongdoers and praise 3  those who do good. 2:15 For God wants you 4  to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 2:16 Live 5  as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 6  2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, 7  fear God, honor the king.

2:18 Slaves, 8  be subject 9  to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse. 2:19 For this finds God’s favor, 10  if because of conscience toward God 11  someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. 2:20 For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. 12  2:21 For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. 2:22 He 13  committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. 14  2:23 When he was maligned, he 15  did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened 16  no retaliation, 17  but committed himself to God 18  who judges justly. 2:24 He 19  himself bore our sins 20  in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning 21  and live for righteousness. By his 22  wounds 23  you were healed. 24  2:25 For you were going astray like sheep 25  but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Wives and Husbands

3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, 26  even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 27  3:2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct. 28  3:3 Let your 29  beauty 30  not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry 31  or fine clothes 3:4 but the inner person 32  of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 3:5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 3:6 like Sarah who obeyed 33  Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children 34  when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so. 35  3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners 36  and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers. 37 

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