1 Peter 3:1

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Likewise, ye wiues, be in subiection to your owne husbands, that if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be wonne by the conuersation of the wiues:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any {of them} are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

In like manner, ye wives, `be' in subjection to your won husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the behavior of their wives;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Wives, be ruled by your husbands; so that even if some of them give no attention to the word, their hearts may be changed by the behaviour of their wives,
- Basic English Bible

Likewise, wives, [be] subject to your own husbands, that, even if any are disobedient to the word, they may be gained without [the] word by the conversation of the wives,
- Darby Bible

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the deportment of the wives;
- Webster's Bible

Married women, in the same way, be submissive to your husbands, so that even if some of them disbelieve the Message, they may, apart from the Message, be won over by the daily life of their wives, after watching your daily life--
- Weymouth Bible

In the same way, wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; so that, even if any don't obey the Word, they may be won by the behavior of their wives without a word;
- World English Bible

Also wymmen be thei suget to her hosebondis; that if ony man bileue not to the word, bi the conuersacioun of wymmen thei be wonnun with out word.
- Wycliffe Bible

In like manner, the wives, be ye subject to your own husbands, that even if certain are disobedient to the word, through the conversation of the wives, without the word, they may be won,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:1


3:1 If any - He speaks tenderly. Won - Gained over to Christ.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:1


1Pe 3:1 Various Practical Duties SUMMARY OF I PETER 3: Duties of Women. Duties of Husbands. Duties of Christians Toward Each Other. Attitude Toward Adversaries. Christian Endurance of Wrong. Christ's Preaching to the Spirits in Prison. Salvation of Those in the Ark. The Antitype Is Baptism. Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands. See notes on Eph 5:21-24. Paul teaches the duty of submission, and shows that it was not the duty of the believing wife to abandon her unbelieving husband (1Co 7:13-15). Peter goes farther here and teaches that the wife show her obedience in order to win her husband. That, if any obey not the word. That even those who have steeled themselves against the gospel and who refuse to listen to it they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives. May be quietly won by the sweet, Christian lives of their wives.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3:1

  • Jibril Abu for verse 1
    First,we must realize that scripture co-relates the BELIEVING wife on the one hand and an UNBELIEVING or FALLEN husband living as couples. Without doubt then,it's a ready answer to a Believing wife married to an unbeliever and do need an answer. As a believing wife,you must first,as a precursor,preach to your unbelieving hubby and if he seem not listening and willing to get converted, the option of your continued God fearing life style supersedes.Not urgently constituted but had been in you and had been in display. A wife should first have been won attitude and character-wise to show herself an Ambassador of Christ even to her very matrimony.

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