¶ Likewise, 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;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation [behavior] coupled with fear.
.3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
.4 But 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.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
.6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
- Be in subjection In order to be a witness. See on ep0522.
3 - Adorning How much decoration is in harmony with the quiet man of the heart – with our humility before God? Let's talk about jewelry. Below. Compare 1ki1027.
6 - Sara obeyed See ge1812.
6 - Daughters Or "children."
6 - Amazement From ptoesis, meaning "fear" or "terror." Her duties or the influence of her husband may make her feel depressed but she may keep a sweet spirit v4.
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|.7 Likewise, 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.|| According
to knowledge He needs to be sensitive to her feelings and needs.
She deserves honor as he does 1co0702-5.
Prayers not hindered Compare mt1819.
¶ Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,
love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should 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 eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For 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.
|8 - One mind How important is it to have unity of spirit in working together for God's glory. Different opinions are important and provide strength. The key to harmony is in not insisting on our own opinions. See jn1721; ro1210,16.|
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
.15 But 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:
16 ¶ Having 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.
.17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
|15 - Be ready to answer Loving God is important but it is based on knowledge He has revealed to us. Compare pr2221 and its context.|
|.18 ¶ For 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:|| Christ
... preached to the spirits Many today
believe that Jesus' spirit left His body and found those who had lived
before the flood that were now in hell. Even on the surface, this explanation
has problems. The text deserves a careful explanation. See the article
on the note page.
Once As at he0926.
Being put ... He became a man to live and die in our place – in human flesh.
Quickened Made alive.
| 19 By which
also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
By which He appealed by the same life-giving "Spirit of God" v18, ge0603. He offered them life in safety from the coming flood.
Went His home was in heaven v22, jn0633.
Preached Greek kerusso as in lu2447.
Spirits Greek pneuma the same as in Jesus' statement, "the spirit is willing." The spiritual nature of the mind mt2641. (The word has other meanings which do not apply here.) An aspect of a person is sometimes used to mean the person pr0518, ga0618, 2co0521. Also note that eight who were saved out of the larger group who heard the preaching are clearly people v20.
Spirits in prison Considering the "spirits" as individuals being preached to, "prison" would be a metaphor for the grave where the dead rest jb0318, la0334, is1417. They were dead when Peter wrote, having been buried in the turmoil of the flood and awaiting the resurrection of the wicked re2005. The beginning of the next verse may be seen to take us back to the earlier time. Also see 1pe0406.
|.20 Which 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.||Longsuffering of God waited Noah preached for 120 years while building the ark ge0603. Eight were saved by the water that carried their ship. That salvation is like the spiritual salvation rejected by those who refused the invitation to enter the ark.|
|.21 ¶ The 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:|| Baptism
doth ... save us So if we are baptized we are automatically
saved? No re2108.
Look at the verse again and compare it to verse 20 which it builds on.
What baptism is it? The resurrection of Christ. How so? His death and resurrection
symbolize baptism ro0603.
He went into the tomb and came out again as one is baptized, going under
the water and being brought up. It is His "baptism" of death that
saves us when we claim His sacrifice to wash away our sins.
Not the putting away We might become physically clean by being baptized but it's our attitude toward God which counts.
|.22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.||Angels ... subject to Him He is leader of the angels jos0514f.|
3:3-5 "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting
the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; The context
broadens the thought a little. But 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. For after this manner
in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves,
being in subjection unto their own husbands:"
I see is that the focus should be on beauty of character. Of course it
applies to men as well. And it goes for makeup.