1 Peter 3:15
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English Standard Version
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

King James Bible
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

American Standard Version
but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being ready always to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.

English Revised Version
but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:

Webster's Bible Translation
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.

Weymouth New Testament
but in your hearts consecrate Christ as Lord, being always ready to make your defence to any one who asks from you a reason for the hope which you cherish.

1 Peter 3:15 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Sanctify the Lord God

The A. V. follows the Tex. Rec., reading τὸν Θεὸν, God, instead of τὸν Χριστὸν, Christ, which is the reading of the best texts. The article with Christ shows that κύριον, Lord, is to be taken predicatively. Render, therefore, as Rev., sanctify Christ (the Christ) as Lord.

Ready to give an answer (ἕτοιμοι πρὸς ἀπολογίαν)

Lit., ready for an answer. Answer is our word apology, not in the popular sense of excuse, but in the more radical sense of defence. So it is translated Acts 22:1; Philippians 1:7, Philippians 1:16. Clearing of yourselves, 2 Corinthians 7:11.

Meekness

See on Matthew 5:5.

1 Peter 3:15 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

sanctify.

Numbers 20:12 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel...

Numbers 27:14 For you rebelled against my commandment in the desert of Zin, in the strife of the congregation...

Isaiah 5:16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

Isaiah 29:23 But when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in the middle of him, they shall sanctify my name...

and be.

Psalm 119:46 I will speak of your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

Jeremiah 26:12-16 Then spoke Jeremiah to all the princes and to all the people, saying...

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter...

Amos 7:14-17 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdsman...

Matthew 10:18-20 And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles...

Luke 21:14,15 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what you shall answer...

Acts 4:8-12 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them, You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel...

Acts 5:29-31 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men...

Acts 21:39,40 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech you...

Acts 22:1,2 Men, brothers, and fathers, hear you my defense which I make now to you...

*etc:

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

a reason.

1 Samuel 12:7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD...

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...

Isaiah 41:21 Produce your cause, said the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, said the King of Jacob.

Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go your way for this time...

the hope.

1 Peter 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Colossians 1:5,23,27 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel...

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we...

Hebrews 6:1,18,19 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on to perfection...

with. See on ver.

1 Peter 3:2,4 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear...

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth...

fear. or, reverence.

Cross References
Proverbs 15:28
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

Proverbs 22:21
to make you know what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

Isaiah 5:16
But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.

Isaiah 8:12
"Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread.

Colossians 4:6
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

2 Timothy 2:25
correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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