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.
Akazi ndi Amuna
1Momwemonso, akazi inu gonjerani amuna anu kuti ngati ena a iwo sakhulupirira Mawu a Mulungu, akopeke ndi makhalidwe a akazi awo ndipo sipadzafunikanso mawu 2pamene aona moyo wanu wachiyero ndi moyo woopa Mulungu. 3Kudzikongoletsa kwanu kusakhale kwa maonekedwe akunja, monga kuluka tsitsi ndi kuvala zokometsera zagolide ndi zovala zamberewere. 4Mʼmalo mwake kudzikongoletsa kwanu kukhale kwa munthu wa mʼkatimo, kukongola kosatha kwa mtima ofatsa ndi mzimu wachete, zimene ndi za mtengowapatali pamaso pa Mulungu. 5Pakuti umo ndi mmene akazi oyera mtima akale amene anali ndi chiyembekezo pa Mulungu anadzikongoletsera. Iwo ankagonjera amuna awo, 6monga Sara, amene anamvera Abrahamu namutcha iye mbuye wake. Akazi inu ndinu ana ake ngati muchita zoyenera, ndipo musaope choopsa chilichonse.
7Momwemonso amuna inu, khalani mwanzeru ndi akazi anu, ndipo muwachitire ulemu monga anzanu ofowoka ndiponso olandira nanu pamodzi mphatso ya moyo wosatha, kuti pasakhale kanthu kotsekereza mapemphero anu.
Kumva Zowawa Chifukwa cha Chilungamo
8Potsiriza, nonse khalani a mtima umodzi, omverana chisoni. Kondanani monga abale, muchitirane chifundo ndi kudzichepetsa. 9Wina akakuchitirani choyipa musabwezere pochitanso choyipa, kapena kubwezera chipongwe akakuchitirani chipongwe, koma muwadalitse. Munayitanidwa kuti mulandire mdalitso. 10Pakuti,
“Iye amene angakonde moyo
ndi kuona masiku abwino,
aletse lilime lake kuyankhula zoyipa,
ndiponso milomo yake kunena mabodza.
11Apewe zoyipa, ndipo azichita zabwino.
Afunefune mtendere ndi kuyesetsa kuwupeza.
12Pakuti Ambuye amayangʼanira bwino anthu olungama
ndipo amatchera khutu ku mapemphero awo.
Koma Ambuye sawayangʼana bwino amene amachita zoyipa.”
13Ndani angakuchitireni zoyipa ngati muchita changu kuchita zabwino? 14Koma ngakhale mumve zowawa chifukwa cha chilungamo, ndinu odala. “Musaope anthu, musachite mantha.” 15Koma lemekezani Khristu mʼmitima mwanu ngati Ambuye wanu. Khalani okonzeka nthawi zonse kuyankha aliyense amene akufunsani za chiyembekezo chimene muli nacho. 16Koma chitani zimenezi mofatsa ndi mwaulemu, mukhale ndi chikumbumtima chosakutsutsani, kuti anthu ena akanena zoyipa za makhalidwe anu abwino mwa Khristu, achite okha manyazi ndi chipongwe chawocho. 17Nʼkwabwino ngati ndi chifuniro cha Mulungu kumva zowawa chifukwa chochita zabwino kusiyana ndi kumva zowawa chifukwa chochita zoyipa. 18Pakuti Khristu anafa chifukwa cha machimo kamodzi kokha kufera onse, wolungama kufera osalungama, kuti akufikitseni kwa Mulungu. Anaphedwa ku thupi koma anapatsidwa moyo mu mzimu. 19Ndipo ali ngati mzimu chomwecho anapita ndi kukalalikira mizimu imene inali mʼndende, 20ya anthu amene sanamvere Mulungu atadikira moleza mtima pa nthawi imene Nowa ankapanga chombo. Mʼchombo chija anthu owerengeka okha, asanu ndi atatu, ndiwo anapulumutsidwa ku madzi. 21Madziwo akufanizira ubatizo umene lero ukukupulumutsaninso, osati chifukwa chochotsa litsiro la mʼthupi koma chifukwa cha chikumbumtima choona pamaso pa Mulungu. Umakupulumutsani chifukwa cha kuuka kwa Yesu Khristu, 22amene anapita kumwamba ndipo ali kudzanja lamanja la Mulungu komwe angelo ndi maulamuliro ndi amphamvu amamvera Iye.