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16 Keep your conscience clear. Then those who treat the good Christian life you live with contempt will feel ashamed that they have ridiculed you. 17 After all, if it is God’s will, it’s better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong.

18 This is true because Christ suffered for our sins once. He was an innocent person, but he suffered for guilty people so that he could bring you to God. His body was put to death, but he was brought to life through his spirit.

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16 keeping a clear conscience,(A) so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.(B) 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will,(C) to suffer for doing good(D) than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once(E) for sins,(F) the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.(G) He was put to death in the body(H) but made alive in the Spirit.(I)

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