1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. 7Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
1-2照样，做妻子的要顺服丈夫。这样，即使丈夫不信从真道，也会因为看见妻子贞洁和敬虔的品行而被无声地感化。 3你们不要注重外表的妆饰，像编头发、戴金饰或穿华丽的衣服， 4要以温柔、娴静这些永不褪色的内在美为妆饰，这是上帝所看重的。 5从前那些仰赖上帝的圣洁妇女，都是以这些来妆饰自己，并顺服自己的丈夫， 6正如撒拉顺服亚伯拉罕，称他为主人。所以，如果你们做对的事，不怕恐吓，就是撒拉的女儿。
8总而言之，你们要同心合意，互相关怀，彼此相爱，仁慈谦虚。 9不要以恶报恶，以辱骂还辱骂，反要祝福对方，这是你们蒙召的目的，好叫你们得到祝福。 10因为圣经上说：
13如果你们热心行善，有谁会害你们呢？ 14就算你们为义受苦，也是有福的。不要害怕别人的恐吓3:14 “不要害怕别人的恐吓”或译“不要怕别人所怕的”。，也不要惊慌， 15要心里尊基督为主。如果有人问起你们心中的盼望，你们要随时准备答复， 16但态度要温和恭敬，存无愧的良心。这样，那些对你们因信基督而有的好品行妄加诬蔑的人会自觉羞愧。 17如果上帝的旨意是要你们因行善而受苦，这也总比你们因作恶而受苦强。
18因为基督也曾一次为罪受苦，以无罪之身代替不义之人，为要领你们到上帝面前。祂的肉体虽被处死，但祂借着圣灵复活了。 19祂还借着圣灵向那些监狱中的灵魂传道， 20他们就是从前在挪亚造方舟、上帝耐心等候人们悔改的时代中那些不肯信的人。当时进入方舟，从洪水中得救的人很少，只有八个人。 21这水代表的洗礼现在借着耶稣基督的复活也拯救了你们。这洗礼要表明的不是除掉肉体的污秽，而是求在上帝面前有无愧的良心。 22基督已经升到天上，坐在上帝的右边，众天使、掌权的、有能力的都服从了祂。