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照樣，作妻子的要順服丈夫。這樣，即使丈夫不信從真道，也會因為看見妻子貞潔和敬虔的品行而被無聲地感化。 3你們不要注重外表的妝飾，像編頭髮、戴金飾或穿華麗的衣服， 4要以溫柔、嫺靜這些永不褪色的內在美為妝飾，這是上帝所看重的。 5從前那些仰賴上帝的聖潔婦女，都是以這些來妝飾自己，並順服自己的丈夫， 6正如撒拉順服亞伯拉罕，稱他為主人。所以，如果你們做對的事，不怕恐嚇，就是撒拉的女兒。
8總而言之，你們要同心合意，互相關懷，彼此相愛，仁慈謙虛。 9不要以惡報惡，以辱駡還辱駡，反要祝福對方，這是你們蒙召的目的，好叫你們得到祝福。 10因為聖經上說：
13如果你們熱心行善，有誰會害你們呢？ 14就算你們為義受苦，也是有福的。不要害怕別人的恐嚇3·14 「不要害怕別人的恐嚇」或譯「不要怕別人所怕的」。，也不要驚慌， 15要心裡尊基督為主。如果有人問起你們心中的盼望，你們要隨時準備答覆， 16但態度要溫和恭敬，存無愧的良心。這樣，那些對你們因信基督而有的好品行妄加誣衊的人會自覺羞愧。 17如果上帝的旨意是要你們因行善而受苦，這也總比你們因作惡而受苦強。
18因為基督也曾一次為罪受苦，以無罪之身代替不義之人，為要領你們到上帝面前。祂的肉體雖被處死，但祂藉著聖靈復活了。 19祂還藉著聖靈向那些監獄中的靈魂傳道， 20他們就是從前在挪亞造方舟、上帝耐心等候人們悔改的時代中那些不肯信的人。當時進入方舟，從洪水中得救的人很少，只有八個人。 21這水代表的洗禮現在藉著耶穌基督的復活也拯救了你們。這洗禮要表明的不是除掉肉體的污穢，而是求在上帝面前有無愧的良心。 22基督已經升到天上，坐在上帝的右邊，眾天使、掌權的、有能力的都服從了祂。