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1 Peter 4:16

    1 Peter 4:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But if he undergoes punishment as a Christian, that is no shame to him; let him give glory to God in this name.

    Webster's Revision

    but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

    World English Bible

    But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

    Definitions for 1 Peter 4:16

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Peter 4:16

    Yet if - as a Christian - If he be persecuted because he has embraced the Christian faith, let him not be ashamed, but let him rather glorify God on this very account. Christ suffered by the Jews because he was holy; Christians suffer because they resemble him.

    The word Χριστιανος, Christian, is used only here and in Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28. See the note on the Acts 11:26 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Peter 4:16

    Yet if any man suffer as a Christian - Because he is a Christian; if he is persecuted on account of his religion. This was often done, and they had reason to expect that it might occur in their own case. Compare the notes at 1 Peter 3:17. On the import of the word Christian, and the reasons why the name was given to the disciples of the Lord Jesus, see the notes at Acts 11:26.

    Let him not be ashamed -

    (1) Ashamed of religion so as to refuse to suffer on account of it.

    (2) ashamed that he is despised and maltreated.

    He is to regard his religion as every way honorable, and all that fairly results from it in time and eternity as in every respect desirable. He is not to be ashamed to be called a Christian; he is not to be ashamed of the doctrines taught by his religion; he is not to be ashamed of the Saviour whom he professes to love; he is not to be ashamed of the society and fellowship of those who are true Christians, poor and despised though they may be; he is not to be ashamed to perform any of the duties demanded by his religion; he is not to be ashamed to have his name cast out, and himself subjected to reproach and scorn. A man should be ashamed only of that which is wrong. He should glory in that which is right, whatever may be the consequences to himself. Christians now, though not subjected to open persecution, are frequently reproached by the world on account of their religion; and though the rack may not be employed, and the fires of martyrdom are not enkindled, yet it is often true that one who is a believer is called to "suffer as a Christian." He may be reviled and despised. His views may be regarded as bigoted, narrow, severe. Opprobrious epithets, on account of his opinions, may be applied to him. His former friends and companions may leave him because he has become a Christian. A wicked father, or a frivilous and worldly mother, may oppose a child, or a husband may revile a wife, on account of their religion. In all these cases, the same spirit essentially is required which was enjoined on the early Christian martyrs. We are never to be ashamed of our religion, whatever results may follow from our attachment to it. Compare the notes at Romans 1:16.

    But let him glorify God on this behalf - Let him praise God that he is deemed not unworthy to suffer in such a cause. It is a matter of thankfulness:

    (1) that they may have this evidence that they are true Christians;

    (2) that they may desire the advantages which may result from suffering as Christ did, and in his cause. See the notes at Acts 5:41, where the sentiment here expressed is fully illustrated. Compare the Philippians 3:10 note; Colossians 1:24 note.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Peter 4:16

    4:16 Let him glorify God - Who giveth him the honour so to suffer, and so great a reward for suffering.

    Verses Related to 1 Peter 4:16

    Psalms 9:13 - Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
    Hebrews 10:33 - Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
    Romans 8:35 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?