But dedicate your lives to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Closest Natural Equivalence
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
But respect Christ as the holy Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have,
New Century Version (NCV)
Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope.
Contemporary English Version (CEV)