1 Peter 3:4

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But let it bee the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, euen the ornament of a meeke and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but {let it be} the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but `let it be' the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible `apparel' of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But let them be those of the unseen man of the heart, the ever-shining ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great price in the eyes of God.
- Basic English Bible

but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible [ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Instead of that, it should be a new nature within--the imperishable ornament of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which is indeed precious in the sight of God.
- Weymouth Bible

but in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious.
- World English Bible

but thilke that is the hid man of herte, in vncorrupcioun, and of mylde spirit, which is riche in the siyt of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

but -- the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible thing of the meek and quiet spirit, which is, before God, of great price,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:4


3:4 The hidden man of the heart - Complete inward holiness, which implies a meek and quiet spirit. A meek spirit gives no trouble willingly to any: a quiet spirit bears all wrongs without being troubled. In the sight of God - Who looks at the heart. All superfluity of dress contributes more to pride and anger than is generally supposed. The apostle seems to have his eye to this by substituting meekness and quietness in the room of the ornaments he forbids. I do not regard these things, is often said by those whose hearts are wrapped up in them: but offer to take them away, and you touch the very idol of their soul. Some, indeed only dress elegantly that they may be looked on; that is, they squander away their Lord's talent to gain applause: thus making sin to beget sin, and then plead one in excuse of the other.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:4


1Pe 3:4 [Let it be] the hidden man of the heart. The important part is to see that the heart is right and the spirit adorned with all the graces of holy life. [The ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit. Seek after inward rather than outward adorning. Which is in the sight of God of great price. God sees us all the time, and such adorning is of great worth in his sight.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • Godwin Ebitu
    Comment*It talks about being moderate in our dressings and outward appearances
  • Lu2677
    2 Peter 3:1-6 Ladies, do you know verse 1 commands us to never speak (without a word) about God's word to our husbands if they are not believers? I remember being taught it means "don't nag him about scripture."
  • Maria-kampala
    it is so good that i have learnt more about the love of GOD.
  • Bonyah Isaac
    Verse.18 20:The passage does not teach that Christ went and preach to some imprisoned spirit in hades.It is saying that Christ was put to death in the flesh he died like all humans die ,but made alive by the Spirit.This means he died and was raise do life by the Holy Spirit, Rom.8:11 .Through whom that same Spirit he Jesus went and preach to the spirit in prison.So it was the Holy Spirit that did the preaching.But who are this spirit in prison?? They are simply the sinners who disobeyed God in Noah's day.In the Bible sinners are seen to be in Prison. Isaiah 42:7,61:1 . The Holy Spirit also the Spirit of Christ preached through Noah to those disobedient spirit.It shoul b noted that the Holy Spirit had been preaching in the past,present and will continue to preach through Holy Men of God. 2nd Peter 1:20 21 .Eph.2:17 says "Jesus came and preached peace to the Jews and gentiles".Jesus personaly ddnt preach to the gentiles.Rather the Holy Spirit which is His Spirit spoke through holy men of God.So the entire pasage simply means that Christ,through the His Spirit in Noah preached to those peoples who were under the bondage of Sin.Again it has a connection with His ascension and the pouring of the Spirit when He through His Spirit in Holy men preached to both the Jews and Gentiles.The passage can never mean Christ preached while He was dead to dead spirit in Noah's time.For it would contradict with what the Hebrew writer wrote"After death comes Judgement".There is no 2nd chance.
  • PST Harold
    Modesty and mode of dressing
  • Betty Navratil for verse 19
    Between the time of Christ 's death and resurrection, Christ 's spirit was in the heart of the earth,to get the key of Hades,and to preach to the spirits of men in there. Since the devil never repent,the preaching was for men. I hope and pray that view 2 is right.I hope that those who have not heard of the Gospel or have not understand it will still receive a second chance to understand and accept salvation from God. Hell was made for the devils.

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