1 Peter 3:16

“Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hauing a good conscience, that whereas they speake euill of you, as of euill doers, they may bee ashamed that falsly accuse your good conuersation in Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Being conscious that you have done no wrong; so that those who say evil things about your good way of life as Christians may be put to shame.
- Basic English Bible

having a good conscience, that [as to that] in which they speak against you as evildoers, they may be ashamed who calumniate your good conversation in Christ.
- Darby Bible

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil-doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good deportment in Christ.
- Webster's Bible

Yet argue modestly and cautiously, keeping your consciences free from guilt, so that, when you are spoken against, those who slander your good Christian lives may be put to shame.
- Weymouth Bible

having a good conscience; that, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good way of life in Christ.
- World English Bible

but with myldenesse and drede, hauynge good conscience; that in that thing that thei bacbiten of you, thei ben confoundid, whiche chalengen falsly youre good conuersacioun in Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

having a good conscience, that in that in which they speak against you as evil-doers, they may be ashamed who are traducing your good behaviour in Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:16


3:16 Having a good conscience - So much the more beware of anger, to which the very consciousness of your innocence may betray you. Join with a good conscience meekness and fear, and you obtain a complete victory. Your good conversation in Christ - That is, which flows from faith in him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:16


1Pe 3:16 Having a good conscience. Before God. This is the element of strength when accused. They may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. A life holy and pure is the best answer to false accusers.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • A disciple
    I wonder how verses 1-6 are NOT taught to our women here in the West! What a beautiful and edifying thing it is, to know and understand, and practice, ALL THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED AND MADE! God has made everything in His wisdom and knowledge, very good; and it is our greatest comfort and joy and glory, to be perfect in the character and nature that He made us to be. Remember the iniquity of Satan!
  • Irene123
    1 Pet. 3:15 - "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts ..... "; the word 'sanctify' tripped me up - until I asked an elder about it. I had always read or heard that God sanctified us; how could we sanctify Him? By setting Him apart in our daily walk. He sets us apart to Himself from the world, we set Him apart in our lives, how we live holily for Him, in His will.
  • Isaac Niitan Cofie for verse 19
    In fact the Bible interpretation comes only from the Father our God Peter just want to state that that Jesus Christ preached also to the dead during the three days death before the resurrection those dead from the time of Adam till the day of crucification
  • Bruce
    Marta: the statement you made, where did that come from? I never heard of that one.
  • 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

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