1 Peter 3:2
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New International Version
when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.

New Living Translation
by observing your pure and reverent lives.

English Standard Version
when they see your respectful and pure conduct.

New American Standard Bible
as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.

King James Bible
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
when they observe your pure, reverent lives.

International Standard Version
when they see your pure and reverent lives.

NET Bible
when they see your pure and reverent conduct.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
When they see that you conduct yourselves in reverence and discretion.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their husbands would see how pure and reverent their lives are.

Jubilee Bible 2000
considering your chaste conversation which is in fear.

King James 2000 Bible
While they behold your chaste behavior coupled with fear.

American King James Version
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

American Standard Version
beholding your chaste behavior coupled with fear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Considering your chaste conversation with fear.

Darby Bible Translation
having witnessed your pure conversation [carried out] in fear;

English Revised Version
beholding your chaste behaviour coupled with fear.

Webster's Bible Translation
While they behold your chaste manner of life coupled with fear.

Weymouth New Testament
so full of reverence, and so blameless!

World English Bible
seeing your pure behavior in fear.

Young's Literal Translation
having beheld your pure behaviour in fear,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-7 The wife must discharge her duty to her own husband, though he obey not the word. We daily see how narrowly evil men watch the ways and lives of professors of religion. Putting on of apparel is not forbidden, but vanity and costliness in ornament. Religious people should take care that all their behaviour answers to their profession. But how few know the right measure and bounds of those two necessaries of life, food and raiment! Unless poverty is our carver, and cuts us short, there is scarcely any one who does not desire something beyond what is good for us. Far more are beholden to the lowliness of their state, than the lowliness of their mind; and many will not be so bounded, but lavish their time and money upon trifles. The apostle directs Christian females to put on something not corruptible, that beautifies the soul, even the graces of God's Holy Spirit. A true Christian's chief care lies in right ordering his own spirit. This will do more to fix the affections, and excite the esteem of a husband, than studied ornaments or fashionable apparel, attended by a froward and quarrelsome temper. Christians ought to do their duty to one another, from a willing mind, and in obedience to the command of God. Wives should be subject to their husbands, not from dread and amazement, but from desire to do well, and please God. The husband's duty to the wife implies giving due respect unto her, and maintaining her authority, protecting her, and placing trust in her. They are heirs together of all the blessings of this life and that which is to come, and should live peaceably one with another. Prayer sweetens their converse. And it is not enough that they pray with the family, but husband and wife together by themselves, and with their children. Those who are acquainted with prayer, find such unspeakable sweetness in it, that they will not be hindered therein. That you may pray much, live holily; and that you may live holily, be much in prayer.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - While they behold (see note on 1 Peter 2:12, where the same verb occurs) your chaste conversation coupled with fear; literally, your chaste behavior, in fear. Bengel and others understand the fear of God. Certainly the holy fear of God is the sphere in which true Christians must always live. But the close connection with the word "chaste (τὴν ἐν φόβῳ ἁγνὴν ἀναστροφὴν ὑμῶν), and the parallel passage, Ephesians 5:33 (in the Greek), make it probable that the fear here inculcated is reverence for the husband - an anxious avoidance of anything that might even seem to interfere with his conjugal rights and authority.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

While they behold your chaste conversation,.... Cheerful subjection, strong affection, and inviolable attachment to them, and strict regard to the honour of the marriage state, and to the preserving of the bed undefiled with lusts and adulteries:

coupled with fear; with reverence of their husbands, giving them due honour, and showing all proper respect; or with the fear of God, which being before their eyes, and upon their hearts, engages them to such an agreeable conversation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. behold—on narrowly looking into it, literally, "having closely observed."

chaste—pure, spotless, free from all impurity.

fear—reverential, towards your husbands. Scrupulously pure, as opposed to the noisy, ambitious character of worldly women.

1 Peter 3:2 Additional Commentaries
Wives and Husbands
1In 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, 2as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3Your adornment must not be merely external-- braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:33
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

1 Peter 3:1
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,

1 Peter 3:3
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Treasury of Scripture

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