THE NEW TESTAMENT2
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST PETER THE APOSTLE - CHAPTER THREE3
A Likewise let the wives be in subjection to their husbands, that even they which believe not the word, may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives: while they behold your pure conversation coupled with fear. Whose apparel shall not be outward with broided hair, and hanging on of gold, or in putting on of gorgeous apparel: but let the hid man of the heart be incorrupt, with a meek and a quiet spirit, which spirit is before God a thing much set by. For after this manner in the old time did the holy women which trusted in God, attire themselves, and were obedient to their husbands, even as Sara obeyed Abraham and called him Lord: whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and be not afraid of every shadow.
B Likewise ye men dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as unto them that are heirs also of the grace of life, that your prayers be not let.
+ In conclusion, be ye all of one mind, one suffer with another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous, not rendering evil for evil, neither rebuke for rebuke: but contrariwise, bless, remembering that ye are thereunto called, even that ye should be heirs of blessing. If any man long after life, and loveth to see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak not guile. Let him eschew evil and do good: let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. But the face of the Lord be hold eth them that do evil.
C Moreover who is it that will harm you if ye follow that which is good? Notwithstanding happy are ye if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake. Yea and fear not though they seem terrible unto you, neither be troubled: but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. |– Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, and that with meekness and fear: having a good conscience, that when they backbite you as evildoers, they may be ashamed, for as much as they have falsely accused your good conversation in Christ.
It is better (if the will of God be so) that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. + For as much as Christ hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, for to bring us to God, and was killed, as pertaining to the flesh: but was quickened in the spirit.
D In which spirit, he also went and preached unto the spirits that were in prison, which were in time past disobedient, when the longsuffering of God abode exceeding patiently in the days of Noah, while the ark was a-preparing, wherein few (that is to say, eight souls) were saved by water, which signifieth baptism that now saveth us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but in that a good conscience consenteth to God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is our right hand of God |– and is gone into heaven, angels, power and might subdued unto him.
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FIVE DAY READING PLAN - TODAY: Friday, Week #41/52 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36; Psalm 126 1 Peter 3
GLOSSARY: pitiful: ‘[have] a tender heart’ (ESV), ‘be compassionate’ (NIV) fear: in the sense ‘respect’ (ESV), ‘reverence’ (NIV) conversation: ‘living among, familiarity, intimacy’ knowledge: ‘in an understanding way’ (ESV) set by: save for future use quick: living; alive ensue: pursue let: hinder
1 Recommended video: “God’s Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale” - www.VisionVideo.com/dvd/4737D
2 William Tyndale’s translation of 1534 - “With modernised spelling, and no other changes at all. . . In the clangour of the marketplace of modern popular translations, Tyndale’s ravishing solo should be heard across the world,” Dr. David Daniell in his Introduction to Tyndale’s New Testament, Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-06580-0
3 See also “The Prologue to the First Epistle of Saint Peter,” at www.TyndaleToday.com