Bible: 1 Peter 3:8-22

Suffering for Doing Good

3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, 1  sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless 2  others 3  because you were called to inherit a blessing. 3:10 For

the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 4  his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.

3:11 And he must turn away from evil and do good;

he must seek peace and pursue it.

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are 5  upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.

But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 6 

3:13 For 7  who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 3:14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer 8  for doing what is right, 9  you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them 10  or be shaken. 11  3:15 But set Christ 12  apart 13  as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 14  3:16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, 15  keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 16  3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, 17  than for doing evil.

3:18 18 

Because Christ also suffered 19  once for sins,

the just for the unjust, 20 

to bring you to God,

by being put to death in the flesh

but 21  by being made alive in the spirit. 22 

3:19 In it 23  he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 24 

3:20 after they were disobedient long ago 25  when God patiently waited 26  in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark 27  a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 3:21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you 28 not the washing off of physical dirt 29  but the pledge 30  of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 3:22 who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God 31  with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. 32 

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