16 Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience,(A) so that when you are accused,[a] those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer(B) for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered(C) for sins once for all,(D) the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God.(E) He was put to death in the flesh[b](F) but made alive by the Spirit,[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  2. 3:18 Or by the flesh, or in the fleshly realm
  3. 3:18 Or in the spirit, or in the Spirit, or in the spiritual realm

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