Isaiah 15 & 1 Peter 3

Isaiah 15

    An oracle concerning Moab.

    Because Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night,
        Moab is undone;
    because Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night,
        Moab is undone.
    He has gone up to the temple, and to Dibon,
        to the high places to weep;
    over Nebo and over Medeba
        Moab wails.
    On every head is baldness;
        every beard is shorn;
    in the streets they wear sackcloth;
        on the housetops and in the squares
        everyone wails and melts in tears.
    Heshbon and Elealeh cry out;
        their voice is heard as far as Jahaz;
    therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud;
        his soul trembles.
    My heart cries out for Moab;
        her fugitives flee to Zoar,
        to Eglath-shelishiyah.
    For at the ascent of Luhith
        they go up weeping;
    on the road to Horonaim
        they raise a cry of destruction;
    the waters of Nimrim
        are a desolation;
    the grass is withered, the vegetation fails,
        the greenery is no more.
    Therefore the abundance they have gained
        and what they have laid up
    they carry away
        over the Brook of the Willows.
    For a cry has gone
        around the land of Moab;
    her wailing reaches to Eglaim;
        her wailing reaches to Beer-elim.
    For the waters of Dibon are full of blood;
        for I will bring upon Dibon even more,
    a lion for those of Moab who escape,
        for the remnant of the land.
    

(Isaiah 15 ESV)

1 Peter 3

    Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

    Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

    Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For

    “Whoever desires to love life
        and see good days,
    let him keep his tongue from evil
        and his lips from speaking deceit;
    let him turn away from evil and do good;
        let him seek peace and pursue it.
    For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
        and his ears are open to their prayer.
    But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
    
    
        Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

    For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.

(1 Peter 3 ESV)

1 Peter 3: The apostle Peter seems to stress the importance of making sure that our behavior continues to line up with our profession of faith. We should desire and strive to always do good and to honor our God even if those around us seek to do us harm. Our good service should put to silence the ignorance of such foolish people. Our good behavior ought to shame those who seek to slander us. If our Lord and Savior suffered at the hands of evil men then we must expect to suffer in some capacity as well in accordance with our commitment to do good for the glory of God. And may we always remember that our Lord is honored by our willingness to suffer for good.