Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: 1 PETER - Chapter 3


How wives are to behave to their husbands: what ornaments they are to seek. Exhortation to divers virtues.

1 In *like manner also, let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be gained without the word, by the conversation of the wives,

2 Considering your chaste conversation with fear.

3 *Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:

4 But the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God:

5 For after this manner heretofore also the holy women, hoping in God, adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands.

6 *As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any trouble.

7 *Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, and as to the coheirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered.

8 And finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, loving the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble:

9 *Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing; but on the contrary, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.

10 *For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.

11 *Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and pursue it:

12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord against them that do evil things.

13 And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?

14 *But if also you suffer any thing for justice sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their terror, and be not troubled.

15 But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being always ready to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.

16 *But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill.

18 *Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but brought to life by the spirit.

19 In which also coming, he preached to those spirits who were in prison:

20 Who in time past had been incredulous, *when they waited for the patience of God, in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.

21 Whereunto baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

22 Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing up death, that we might be made heirs of eternal life: he being gone into heaven, the Angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.



1: Ephesians v. 22.; Colossians iii. 18

3: 1 Timothy ii. 9.

6: Genesis xviii. 12.

7: 1 Corinthians vii. 3.

9: Proverbs xvii. 13.; Romans xii. 17.; 1 Thessalonians v. 15.

10: Psalm xxxiii. 13.

11: Isaias i. 16.

14: Matthew v. 10.

16: 1 Peter ii. 12.

18: Romans v. 6.; Hebrews ix. 28.

20: Genesis vi. 14. and vii. 7.; Matthew xxiv. 37.; Luke xvii. 26.