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1 Peter 3:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.
As they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your pure conduct. The word chaste here (ἁγνὴν) refers to the purity of conduct in all respects and not merely to chastity, properly so-called. It includes that, but it also embraces much more. The conduct of the wife is to be in all respects pure, and this is to be the grand instrumentality in the conversion of her husband. A wife may be strictly chaste, and yet there may be many other things in her conduct and temper that would mar the beauty of her piety and prevent any happy influence on the mind of her husband. The trait of character which is referred to is that of proper respect and reverence in all the relations which she sustained, as opposed to a trifling and frivolous mind. Leighton suggests that the word fear here relates particularly to the other duty enjoined—that of chaste conversation—‘fearing the least stain of chastity, or the very appearance of anything not suiting with it. It is a delicate, timorous grace, afraid of the least air or shadow of anything that has but a resemblance of wronging it, in the way you carry yourself, or speech, or apparel.’
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews