1 Peter 3:16-18
The Passion Translation
16 with gentleness and respect. Maintain a clean conscience, so that those who slander you for living a pure life in Christ will have to lie about you and will be ashamed because of their slander.[a] 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if it is in God’s plan, than for doing evil.
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- 1 Peter 3:16 Or “be ashamed when they accuse you.” We cannot prevent people from slandering us, but when they do, they should be forced to lie.
- 1 Peter 3:18 There is great variation among reliable texts of this phrase. Some have “Christ suffered,” and others read “Christ died.” The translation has included both concepts.
- 1 Peter 3:18 Or “the just for the unjust.” See Isa. 53:11-12.
- 1 Peter 3:18 Or “by being put to death in/by the flesh.” The passive verb (“having been put to death”) implies that this was something done to him “by flesh” (or “humanity”). The contrast is this: humanity put him on the cross, but the Spirit raised him up to life.