Love and Respect Scriptural Interpolation


The following scriptural passage falls in line with what we have been studying from Ephesians Chapter 5:22-33 and addresses the need in the marriage for Love (unconditionally from the husband toward the wife) and respect (unconditionally from the wife toward the husband). I will not elaborate in detail at this point, just take it in and prepare for the next installment.


1 Peter 3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

1 Peter 3


1IN LIKE manner, you married women, be submissive to your own husbands [subordinate yourselves as being secondary to and dependent on them, and adapt yourselves to them], so that even if any do not obey the Word [of God], they may be won over not by discussion but by the [godly] lives of their wives,

2When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your [a] reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect, defer to, revere him–to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband].


3Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] [b] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes;


4But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.


5For it was thus that the pious women of old who hoped in God were [accustomed] to beautify themselves and were submissive to their husbands [adapting themselves to them as themselves secondary and dependent upon them].


6It was thus that Sarah obeyed Abraham [following his guidance and acknowledging his headship over her by] calling him lord (master, leader, authority). And you are now her true daughters if you do right and let nothing terrify you [not giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve you].


7In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an [c]intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]


In this lies the resolution to the vast majority of marital issues, either directly or indirectly. I would encourage you to study this passage in depth along with Eph. 5:22-33 and I also suggest that you use the NASB, NIV, for accurate and direct translative expression and the AMP for its lucidity in expressive expansion. In other words it expands the idea to give you the closest meaning to what was intended by the author of the passage based on a number of variables. This is necessary because the English language is not as rich in vocabulary or expressive in context as the ancient Greek. The AMP uses a number of hermeneutic approaches to present the intended message without ambiguity.

~ Bishop Rick Wallace