This is the fourth installment on 1 Peter. Specifically verses: 1 Peter 3:1-4. Here Peter explains the relationship of wives and husbands. With great privilege (beauty that is of great worth to God) comes great responsibility (a willingness to serve and submit to our husbands). These verses are ripe with things a woman can do to cultivate inner beauty, but they can also seem daunting. Do not be discouraged, God has a plan for your life.
Here I compare three different translations of the same scripture to help glean it’s meaning. You can do this easily at Bible Gateway.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
3 In the same way, you wives should be willing to serve your husbands. Then, even those who have refused to accept God’s teaching will be persuaded to believe because of the way you live. You will not need to say anything. 2 Your husbands will see the pure lives that you live with respect for God. 3 It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful.4 No, your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear. It is worth very much to God.
New International Version (NIV)
3 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves B)’>so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over D)’>4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self,