11 and he must turn away h from evil
and do what is good.
He must seek peace i and pursue it,
and His ears are open to their request.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil. j
13 And who will harm k you if you are deeply committed to what is good? l 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, m you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear n or be disturbed, o p 15 but honor q the * Messiah r as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason s for the hope that is in you. t 16 However, do this with gentleness and respect, keeping your conscience clear, u v w so that when you are accused, x those who denounce your Christian life y will be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer z for doing good, if that should be God’s will, a than for doing evil.
3:13 Or mistreat, or do evil to
3:13 Or you are partisans for the good; * you are zealots
3:15 Or sanctify; * set apart
3:15 Other * read set God
3:15 Or who demands of you an accounting
3:16 * good
3:16 Or keeping a clear conscience
3:16 Other * read when they speak against you as evildoers
3:16 * your good behavior in Christ
3:17 * if the will of God should will