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16 But answer them in a gentle way with respect. Keep your conscience clear. Then people will see the good way you live as followers of Christ, and those who say bad things about you will be ashamed of what they said.

17 It is better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong. Yes, it is better if that is what God wants.

18 Christ himself suffered when he died for you,
    and with that one death he paid for your sins.
He was not guilty,
    but he died for people who are guilty.
    He did this to bring all of you to God.
In his physical form he was killed,
    but he was made alive by the Spirit.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 3:18 by the Spirit Or “in the spirit.” Also in verse 19.

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