1 Peter 3:15

“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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But sanctifie the Lord God in your hearts, & be ready alwayes to giue an answere to euery man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekenesse and feare:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but 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;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: `being' ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But give honour to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride;
- Basic English Bible

but sanctify [the] Lord the Christ in your hearts, and [be] always prepared to [give] an answer [to] every one that asks you to give an account of the hope that [is] in you, but with meekness and fear;
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

but in your hearts consecrate Christ as Lord, being always ready to make your defence to any one who asks from you a reason for the hope which you cherish.
- Weymouth Bible

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear:
- World English Bible

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,
- Wycliffe Bible

and the Lord God sanctify in your hearts. And [be] ready always for defence to every one who is asking of you an account concerning the hope that [is] in you, with meekness and fear;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:15


3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts - Have an holy fear, and a full trust in his wise providence. The hope - Of eternal life. With meekness - For anger would hurt your cause as well as your soul. And fear - A filial fear of offending God, and a jealousy over yourselves, lest ye speak amiss.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:15


1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts. "But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord" (Revised Version). Let Christ be honored and reverenced. Fear not man but the Lord. And [be] ready always to [give] an answer. To confess Christ as the ground of your hope. With meekness and fear. The answer to adversaries is to be made, not with arrogance and indignation, but modestly, meekly, reverentially.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • Wayne
    V. 18, He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Holy Spirit of God. Romans 6 says He was raised alive by the glory of God.
  • May willy
    In 18 we see that with deep love for his Father and for Adam’s descendants, Jesus gave up a perfect human life that corresponded to what Adam had lost. Thereafter, Jehovah restored his Son to life as a spirit.
  • Wayne
    Bill, read Romans chapters 4-6. Will answer we are justified by faith same as Abraham. He received circumcision after his faith. Because of his faith and obedience to God. Water baptism is showing we have followed Christ in dying to the world, following Him in spiritual death and we are raised to a new life in Him. We then are to be new creatures in Christ. Collosians second chapter.
  • Wayne
    Matt. 4:17, Jesus said repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. John 3:3, Jesus said except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom. 3:7, marvel not that I said ye must be born again.
  • Lu2677
    Bill, believe God's word. He says "Baptism saves"
  • Bill
    I am going to very soon be a Bible study assistant(and sometimes) teacher, and in our class we are going to be discussing our denominations catechism and they interpret v.21 to mean we are saved by baptism. I cant in good conscience say that,because after a careful study of Scripture and greek concordances I dont believe that is the correct context. does anyone have any insight or offer advice.