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16 But do this[a] gently and respectfully, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak evil of your good conduct in the Messiah[b] will be ashamed of slandering you. 17 After all, if it is the will of God, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

18 For the Messiah[c] also suffered[d] for sins once for all,
    an innocent person for the guilty,
        so that he could bring you[e] to God.
He was put to death in a mortal body
    but was brought to life by the Spirit,

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  1. 1 Peter 3:16 The Gk. lacks do this
  2. 1 Peter 3:16 Or Christ
  3. 1 Peter 3:18 Or Christ
  4. 1 Peter 3:18 Other mss. read died
  5. 1 Peter 3:18 Other mss. read us

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