1 Peter 3:4

“But let it bee the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, euen the ornament of a meeke and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

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Other Translations

But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- King James Version

but {let it be} the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but `let it be' the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible `apparel' of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But let them be those of the unseen man of the heart, the ever-shining ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great price in the eyes of God.
- Basic English Bible

but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible [ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.
- Darby Bible

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- Webster's Bible

Instead of that, it should be a new nature within--the imperishable ornament of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which is indeed precious in the sight of God.
- Weymouth Bible

but in the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God very precious.
- World English Bible

but thilke that is the hid man of herte, in vncorrupcioun, and of mylde spirit, which is riche in the siyt of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

but -- the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible thing of the meek and quiet spirit, which is, before God, of great price,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:4


3:4 The hidden man of the heart - Complete inward holiness, which implies a meek and quiet spirit. A meek spirit gives no trouble willingly to any: a quiet spirit bears all wrongs without being troubled. In the sight of God - Who looks at the heart. All superfluity of dress contributes more to pride and anger than is generally supposed. The apostle seems to have his eye to this by substituting meekness and quietness in the room of the ornaments he forbids. I do not regard these things, is often said by those whose hearts are wrapped up in them: but offer to take them away, and you touch the very idol of their soul. Some, indeed only dress elegantly that they may be looked on; that is, they squander away their Lord's talent to gain applause: thus making sin to beget sin, and then plead one in excuse of the other.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:4


1Pe 3:4 [Let it be] the hidden man of the heart. The important part is to see that the heart is right and the spirit adorned with all the graces of holy life. [The ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit. Seek after inward rather than outward adorning. Which is in the sight of God of great price. God sees us all the time, and such adorning is of great worth in his sight.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • BSP
    Verse 12~If we are righteous we can be assured that we have Jehovah God's eyes and ears on us so to speak.
  • BSP
    Verse 6~We do not want to give into fear. We must continue doing good and build love for Jehovah God and he will give us the courage we need to face any circumstance.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 3:1 likewise you wives be in subjection to your own husbands that if any obey not the word they also may without the word be won over by the conversations of the wives 1 TIMOTHY 2:12 but I suffer not a woman to teach nor to usurp authority over the man but to be in silence
  • Emma Elder
    1 Peter 9:24 states that he went and preached to the spirits. I believe he went into hell? Is that true? Please show cross references. Please and thank you. Emma
  • D W L
    The day Jesus was crucified, there was 2 thieves also crucified. (Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.) But the one on the right said (Luke 23:And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

    43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
  • Mrs. Lindsey
    I really love verse 7 because it lets us know that GOD is some-kind-of serious about His marriage covenant and we need to be as well. A man's prayers are literally stopped once he leaves his wife meaning he can no longer ask forgiveness. Something to think about.

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