(3:1-7) Instructions for wives
(3:1) "Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands."
Should women have the same rights as men?
What the Bible says about women's rights
(3:2-6) Wives are to use "chaste conversation, coupled with fear." They are not to braid their hair, wear gold, or put on
any "apparel." They are to do these things in imitation of the
"holy" women of the Old testament who were "in subjection to
their own husbands: even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord."
What the Bible says about clothing and fashion
(3:2) "While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear."
(3:3) "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel."
(3:5) "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:"
(3:6) "Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord."
(3:7) "The wife, as unto the weaker vessel"
In relation to her husband, the wife is "the weaker vessel."
(3:8-11) Be compassionate and courteous. Don't seek revenge when
you are harmed by another. Speak kindly of others. Do good and avoid evil.
(3:8) "Having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous."
(3:9) "Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing."
(3:10) "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile."
(3:11) "Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it."
(3:13) "Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?"
Do bad things happen to good people?
(3:15) "Be ready always to give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you." Christians should be ready to
explain why they believe what they do. This is a good verse to remember when
they refuse to debate you.
Should believers discuss their faith with non-believers?
(3:18) "Christ ... suffered for ... the just and the unjust."
Has there ever been a just person?
(3:19 "He went and preached unto the spirits in prison." After he died but before his resurrection,
Jesus delivered a sermon in hell (prison). (See 1 Peter 4:6 and Acts 2:31)
The Watchtower Society teaches that there is no consciousness after death.
But if that is so, then how could Jesus have preached to the "spirits in prison?"
(3:20) "Eight souls were saved by water."
God drowned everyone on earth except for Noah and his family. This verse is used by young-earth Creationists to show that New Testament
writers believed the Old Testament stories.
(3:21-22) "Jesus Christ: who is ... on the the right hand of God."
Is Jesus God?