But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE IN DREAD,
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being
ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect;
and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who disparage your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
For it is better, if God should will it so,
that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all time, the
just for the
unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
in which He also went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison,