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1 Peter 3:13

    1 Peter 3:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who will do you any damage if you keep your minds fixed on what is good?

    Webster's Revision

    And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

    World English Bible

    Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Peter 3:13

    Who is he that will harm you - Is it possible that a man can be wretched who has God for his friend? "All the devices which the devil or wicked men work against such must be brought to naught, and by the providence of his goodness be dispersed."

    If ye be followers, etc. - Εαν Του Αγαθου μιμηται γενησθε· If ye be imitators of the good One, i.e. of God. Ὁ Αγαθος, the good One, is one of God's prime epithets, see Matthew 19:17, and Satan is distinguished by the reverse, ὁ πονηρος, the Evil one, Matthew 13:19 (note). Instead of μιμηται, followers, or rather imitators, ζηλωται, zealous of what is good, is the reading of ABC, fifteen others, both the Syriac, Erpen's Arabic, the Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian and Vulgate, with some of the fathers. This is a very probable reading, and Griesbach has placed it in the margin as a candidate for the place of that in the text.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Peter 3:13

    And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? - This question is meant to imply, that as a general thing they need apprehend no evil if they lead an upright and benevolent life. The idea is, that God would in general protect them, though the next verse shows that the apostle did not mean to teach that there would be absolute security, for it is implied there that they might be called to suffer for righteousness" sake. While it is true that the Saviour was persecuted by wicked people, though his life was wholly spent in doing good; while it is true that the apostles were put to death, though following his example; and while it is true that good people have often suffered persecution, though laboring only to do good, still it is true as a general thing that a life of integrity and benevolence conduces to safety, even in a wicked world. People who are upright and pure; who live to do good to others who are characteristically benevolent and who are imitators of God - are those who usually pass life in most tranquillity and security, and are often safe when nothing else would give security but confidence in their integrity. A man of a holy and pure life may, under the protection of God, rely on that character to carry him safely through the world and to bring him at last to an honored grave. Or should he be calumniated when living, and his sun set under a cloud, still his name will be vindicated, and justice will ultimately be done to him when he is dead. The world ultimately judges right respecting character, and renders "honor to whom honor is due." Compare Psalm 37:3-6.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Peter 3:13

    3:13 Who is he that will harm you - None can.