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

  • John H
    Baptism is an outward sign of an inward cleansing
  • Steve morrow
    to irene123 Isaiah 54:17........... AND THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OF ME SAITH THE LORD----philippians 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS THAT ARE JESUS CHRISTS---- proverbs 30:5 every word of GOD is pure he is a shield unto them that put their trust in HIM---- 30:6 add thou not unto HIS words lest HE reprove thee and thou be found a liar----revelation 22:18 for I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book if any man shall add unto these things GOD shall add unto him the plagues that written in this book ----22:19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy GOD shall take away his part out of the book of life and out of the holy city and from the things written in this book
  • Irene123
    To Lestie o 1 Peter ch.3 - This is only for your info'; it's not condemnation; 1 Peter 3:20-21; Jn. 3:5; 2 Pet. 3:16; Jas. 1:22-23; 2:17-18,24-26; Acts 2:38; 8:39; Mk.1:10; Matt. 3:16.
    Note: the last 2 are the words of Jesus.
  • Robin Russell
    Today verse really woke me up this morning it gave me a sense of being overwhelmed God is truly Good
  • Marta
    Love the Lord God with all your heart, mind, and spirit, then all these things will be added unto you. Then we can all speak in love and kindnesses towards each other in whatsoever man may ask of us
  • MockingBird
    To sanctify the Lord God in your heart is to set apart : I must alway be ready at any given moment to give a answer to any one or any thing of the hope that is within me : Meekness is an awareness of the presence of God within and subject to Holy Spirit leading in the fear of God : Holy Spirit will give me in that hour what I ought to speak !!

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