11 aBeloved, bI urge you as caliens and strangers to abstain from dfleshly lusts which wage ewar against the soul.
12 aKeep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they bslander you as evildoers, they may 1because of your good deeds, as they observe them, cglorify God din the day of 2visitation.
13 aSubmit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority,
14 or to governors as sent 1by him afor the punishment of evildoers and the bpraise of those who do right.
15 For 1asuch is the will of God that by doing right you may bsilence the ignorance of foolish men.
16 Act as afree men, and 1do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bbondslaves of God.
17 aHonor all people, blove the brotherhood, cfear God, dhonor the 1king.
18 aServants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and bgentle, but also to those who are 1unreasonable.
19 For this finds 1favor, if for the sake of aconscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if awhen you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds 1favor with God.
Christ Is Our Example
21 For ayou have been called for this purpose, bsince Christ also suffered for you, leaving you can example for you to follow in His steps,
22 who acommitted no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;
23 1and while being areviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24 and He Himself 1abore our sins in His body on the 2bcross, so that we cmight die to 3sin and live to righteousness; for dby His 4wounds you were ehealed.
25 For you were acontinually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the bShepherd and 1Guardian of your souls.