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

  • Bret
    Reply to Bruce's and other's statements. PLEASE read Romans 6....Many skip this chapter and go straight to Romans 10:9 to prove their 'faith only' doctrine. It is in water baptism Acts 8 Acts 2, Acts 22 and many others that we meet the blood of Jesus Christ that removes our sins, and destroys the old man of sin...After that, we receive the Holy Spirit Acts 2:38 There are no gray areas
  • BSP
    Verse 1 is encouraging those who are married to show good conduct by applying Bible principles no matter the situation. Actions can speak much louder than words.
  • BSP
    Verse 15: In order to be ready to share our beliefs, we can practice beforehand so that we can be ready when we are asked questions.
  • BSP
    Verse 12 is comforting because it assures us that Jehovah God will protect us. He is our refuge and our strength.
  • 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

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