“Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:18 Servants - Literally, household servants. With all fear - Of offending them or God. Not only to the good - Tender, kind. And gentle - Mild, easily forgiving.
1Pe 2:18 Servants. Compare Eph 6:5 Col 3:22. The Greek word here, "odune", is not that of the former passages, "doulos", which means "slaves". This may mean "hired servants". [Be] subject to [your] masters with all fear. That is the duty of the relation. Not only to the good and gentle. Nor is a faithful obedience due to good masters only, but also to the froward. To the perverse.