“But let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:4).
Having just described that wives should not place greater emphasis on outward ornaments to attract the attention of their husbands, even unbelieving husbands, Peter here lays out the positive inward attributes she should possess.
He takes the public extravagant displays used by some women at the time to attract attention and transfers the focus to the attitude and character a godly woman should have.
It’s what is on the inside that really counts, Peter is saying. Outward displays will corrupt and fade with time, but inward attributes are the ones that are lasting and that are precious to God.
- Joe Norton