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1 Peter 3:14

    1 Peter 3:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But even if ye should suffer for righteousness'sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But you are happy if you undergo pain because of righteousness; have no part in their fear and do not be troubled;

    Webster's Revision

    But even if ye should suffer for righteousness'sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled;

    World English Bible

    But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "Don't fear what they fear, neither be troubled."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But and if ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled;

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Peter 3:14

    But and if ye suffer - God may permit you to be tried and persecuted for righteousness' sake, but this cannot essentially harm you; he will press even this into your service, and make it work for your good.

    Happy are ye - This seems to refer to Matthew 5:10, etc. Blessed or happy, are ye when men persecute you, etc. It is a happiness to suffer for Christ; and it is a happiness, because if a man were not holy and righteous the world would not persecute him, so he is happy in the very cause of his sufferings.

    Be not afraid of their terror - Τον δε φοβον αυτων μη φοβηθητε· Fear not their fear; see Isaiah 8:12. Sometimes fear is put for the object of a man's religious worship; see Genesis 31:42; Proverbs 1:26, and the place in Isaiah just quoted. The exhortation may mean, Fear not their gods, they can do you no hurt; and supposing that they curse you by them, yet be not troubled; "He who fears God need have no other fear."

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Peter 3:14

    But and if ye suffer for righteousness" sake - Implying that though, in general, a holy character would constitute safety, yet that there was a possibility that they might suffer persecution. Compare the Matthew 5:10 note; 2 Timothy 3:12 note.

    Happy are ye - Perhaps alluding to what the Saviour says in Matthew 5:10; "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness" sake." On the meaning of the word happy or blessed, see the notes at Matthew 5:3. The meaning here is, not that they would find positive enjoyment in persecution on account of righteousness, but that they were to regard it as a blessed condition; that is, as a condition that might be favorable to salvation; and they were not therefore, on the whole, to regard it as an evil.

    And be not afraid of their terror - Of anything which they can do to cause terror. There is evidently an allusion here to Isaiah 8:12-13; "Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." See the notes at that passage. Compare Isaiah 51:12; Matthew 10:28. "Neither be troubled." With apprehension of danger. Compare the notes at John 14:1. If we are true Christians, we have really no reason to be alarmed in view of anything that can happen to us. God is our protector, and he is abundantly able to vanquish all our foes; to uphold us in all our trials; to conduct us through the valley of death, and to bring us to heaven. "All things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come," 1 Corinthians 3:21-22.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Peter 3:14

    3:14 But if ye should suffer - This is no harm to you, but a good. Fear ye not their fear - The very words of the Septuagint, Isaiah 8:12,13. Let not that fear be in you which the wicked feel.