16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear,[a][b](A) so that when you are accused,[c] those who denounce your Christian life[d] will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer(B) for doing good, if that should be God’s will,[e] than for doing evil.

18 For Christ also suffered(C) for sins once for all,[f](D)
the righteous for the unrighteous,[g]
that He might bring you[h] to God,(E)
after being put to death in the fleshly realm[i](F)
but made alive in the spiritual realm.[j]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit good
  2. 1 Peter 3:16 Or keeping a clear conscience
  3. 1 Peter 3:16 Other mss read when they speak against you as evildoers
  4. 1 Peter 3:16 Lit your good behavior in Christ
  5. 1 Peter 3:17 Lit if the will of God should will
  6. 1 Peter 3:18 Other mss read died for sins on our behalf; other mss read died for our sins; other mss read died for sins on your behalf
  7. 1 Peter 3:18 Or the Righteous One in the place of the unrighteous many
  8. 1 Peter 3:18 Other mss read us
  9. 1 Peter 3:18 Or in the flesh
  10. 1 Peter 3:18 Or in the spirit, or in the Spirit

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