The apostle Peter writing (God speaking via scripture...The Word) to
the mostly gentile believers toward Rome (who were undergoing widespread questioning and
persecution) about how to face the hard times.
Wycliffe Bible of
1384: 3:15 But halewe ye the Lord Crist in
youre hertis, and euermore be ye redi to satisfaccioun to ech man axynge you resoun of that feith
and hope that is in you, 3:16 but with myldenesse
and drede, hauynge good conscience; that in that thing that thei bacbiten of you, thei ben
confoundid, whiche chalengen falsly youre good conuersacioun in Crist.
King James Bible of
1611: 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.
NAS Bible of
1960: 15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your
hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the
hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
16and keep a good
conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in
Christ will be put to shame.
1973-78: 15But in your hearts set apart Christ as
Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope
that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against
your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
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