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

  • Lucia szymanik
    Always make Jesus Christ the center of your marriage. Give the Lord your Marriage and as the scriptures read "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder. When Husband and Wife quarrel, forgive one another and pursue the peace; so Satan does not come in the Marriage to destroy it. I am living proof it works. I have been married for 49 years and counting.
  • Irene123
    Jacoba - Your commentaries are good, do not quit
  • Irene123
    1Peter3:1-6; I lo-o-ove these vs. Because - this is the situation I am in. Because I obey the Lord (His Word) He has made a way for me for almost 3 yrs. to serve Him. Before, for 5 yrs., God didn't make a way because I wasn't obeying Him, through His Word. If you are trying, wanting to live for Him - just obey His Word: Jn.14:15. To live for Jesus is so easy, even under persecution.
  • A disciple
    ...wives, be in subjection to your own husbands...husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge... It's not hard to find where in history things really started rushing out of course; and as Christians, we aren't to gauge our values by the world's. It is a real mark of a sincere conversion, that lays aside as worthless and evil, what the world in defiance toward God promotes as morally superior!
  • Bruce
    Irene: Did The Lord Say:But seek ye first The Kingdom of God and His Righteous; and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33,or no seeking need. Just love! Changing scripture! Where does that come from? (You know)Do not add or take away? Both has been done. And you say it's "ok"? We who are Washed by The Blood,Preach The Word as Written as much as possible.
  • Irene123
    She didn't misquote scripture, period

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