1 Peter 3:5
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands,

New Living Translation
This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.

English Standard Version
For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,

New American Standard Bible
For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands;

King James Bible
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also beautified themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands,

International Standard Version
After all, this is how holy women who set their hope on God used to make themselves beautiful in the past. They submitted themselves to their husbands,

NET Bible
For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For in this way from the first, the holy women who hoped in God were adorning their souls and they submitted to their husbands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, this is how holy women who had confidence in God expressed their beauty in the past. They placed themselves under their husbands' authority

Jubilee Bible 2000
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who waited upon God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands,

King James 2000 Bible
For after this manner in former times the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

American King James Version
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

American Standard Version
For after this manner aforetime the holy women also, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For after this manner heretofore the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

Darby Bible Translation
For thus also the holy women who have hoped in God heretofore adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands;

English Revised Version
For after this manner aforetime the holy women also, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

Webster's Bible Translation
For after this manner in former times the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

Weymouth New Testament
For in ancient times also this was the way the holy women who set their hopes upon God used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their husbands.

World English Bible
For this is how the holy women before, who hoped in God also adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

Young's Literal Translation
for thus once also the holy women who did hope on God, were adorning themselves, being subject to their own husbands,
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 5. - For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God; rather, who hoped in God (εἰς Θεόν); whose hope was set toward God and rested in God. Bengel says," Vera sanctitas, spes in Deum." St. Peter is the apostle of hope. Adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands. The apostle bids Christian women to consider the example of the saintly women of the Old Testament. With their hope resting upon God, they could not care for finery and costly jewels. They adorned themselves with the more costly ornament of a meek and quiet spirit: they showed their meekness by living in subjection to their husbands. Submission to authority is the key-note of this part of the Epistle.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For after this manner in the old time,.... In ages past, the years of many generations, since the time that God created man upon earth; in the times before the flood, and after it; in the times of the patriarchs, judges, kings, and prophets of Israel, under the Old Testament dispensation. The apostle exhorts and encourages to this inward dress and ornament, from the antiquity of it: for in this way, and after this fashion,

the holy women also: who were sanctified by the Spirit of God, and lived holy lives and conversations, such as Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Ruth, Hannah, and others:

who trusted in God; that he would send the Messiah, and make good all his promises, judging and believing him to be faithful to his word, and able to fulfil whatever he had promised, as Sarah, Hebrews 11:11. Such holy and believing women as these are worthy of imitation in their adorning and dress, and who, in the manner before described by the apostle, adorned themselves; or this was the adorning which they sought after, valued, and chiefly regarded; not what was external, but internal: and which lay in meekness and humility, and in a quiet deportment, and in

being in subjection unto their own husbands; according to their original make, and natural relation, and the laws of God, and of creation; which is more becoming and adorning than plaiting of hair, wearing of gold, or costly raiment, and recommends them more, both in the sight of God and men; nothing being a more indecent and uncomely sight than a woman not in subjection to her husband.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. after this manner—with the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit (compare the portrait of the godly wife, Pr 31:10-31).

trusted—Greek, "hoped." "Holy" is explained by "hoped in (so as to be 'united to,' Greek) God." Hope in God is the spring of true holiness [Bengel].

in subjection—Their ornament consisted in their subordination. Vanity was forbidden (1Pe 3:3) as being contrary to female subjection.

1 Peter 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Wives and Husbands
4but 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. 5For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.…
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 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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

For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:

the holy.

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Luke 8:2,3 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, …

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1 Timothy 2:10 But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

Titus 2:3,4 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

who.

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Jeremiah 49:11 Leave your fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let …

Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed …

1 Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue …

1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and …

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adorned.

1 Peter 3:2-4 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear…

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