1 Peter 1:4
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New International Version
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

New Living Translation
and we have a priceless inheritance--an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.

English Standard Version
to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

Berean Study Bible
and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you,

Berean Literal Bible
to an inheritance imperishable and undefiled and unfading, being reserved in the heavens for you,

New American Standard Bible
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

King James Bible
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.

International Standard Version
and to an inheritance kept in heaven for you that can't be destroyed, corrupted, or changed.

NET Bible
that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you,

New Heart English Bible
to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And to an inheritance which is indestructible, undefiled and unfading, prepared for you in Heaven,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We have been born into a new life which has an inheritance that can't be destroyed or corrupted and can't fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

New American Standard 1977
to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
unto the incorruptible inheritance that cannot be defiled and that does not fade away, conserved in the heavens for you,

King James 2000 Bible
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,

American King James Version
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,

American Standard Version
unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that can not fade, reserved in heaven for you,

Darby Bible Translation
to an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance, reserved in [the] heavens for you,

English Revised Version
unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Webster's Bible Translation
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Weymouth New Testament
to an inheritance imperishable, undefiled and unfading, which has been reserved in Heaven for you,

World English Bible
to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn't fade away, reserved in Heaven for you,

Young's Literal Translation
to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in the heavens for you,
Study Bible
A Living Hope
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, 5who through faith are protected by God’s power for the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.…
Cross References
Psalm 47:4
He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.

Isaiah 66:22
"For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure.

Mark 10:17
As Jesus started on His way, a man ran up and knelt before Him. "Good Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Acts 20:32
And now I commit you to God and to the word of His grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.

Romans 8:17
And if we are children, then we are heirs: heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ--if indeed we suffer with Him, so that we may also be glorified with Him.

Colossians 3:24
because you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

2 Timothy 4:8
From now on the crown of righteousness is laid up for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but to all who crave His appearing.

Hebrews 10:34
You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, knowing that you yourselves had a better and permanent possession.

1 Peter 5:4
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Treasury of Scripture

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,


1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Acts 20:32 And now, brothers, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but …

Ephesians 1:11,14,18 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…

Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks to the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers …

Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that …


1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

1 Corinthians 15:52-54 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the …


Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, …


1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

Isaiah 40:7,8 The grass wither, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD …

Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river on the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, …

James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it wither …


Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you…

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

for you. or, for us.

(4) To an inheritance.--This is structurally parallel to and explanatory of, the clause "into a living hope" We are, as the saying is, born to an estate. This notion of an "inheritance," or property, that we have come in for, is particularly Hebrew, occurring very frequently in the Old Testament. The Pontine dispersion had lost their "inheritance" in Palestine, but there is a better in store for them.

Incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.--Exuberant description of the excellencies of the new Canaan. The first epithet contrasts its imperishable nature (see Romans 1:23; 2Timothy 1:10) with the fleeting tenure of the earthly Canaan. The second speaks of its freedom from pollutions such as desecrated the first "Holy Land." Perhaps it may specially mean that the new Holy Land will never be profaned by Gentile incursions and tyrannies. The third, and most poetical of all (which is only found besides in Wisdom Of Solomon 6:12), conveys the notion of the unchanging beauty of that land--no winter ill the inheritance to which the Resurrection brings us (Song of Solomon 2:11).

Reserved--The perfect tense, which hath been reserved unto you, i.e., either in the temporal sense--"kept all this while until you came," or "with a view to you." (Comp. Hebrews 11:40.) He now adds explicitly that it is no earthly, but a heavenly possession.

Verse 4. - To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away. The Christian's hope maketh not ashamed. The inheritance is sure; it is better than the inheritance promised to Abraham; for it is

(1) incorruptible. All things earthly have in themselves the seeds of decay and death; but "when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption," the redeemed of the Lord shall receive a kingdom that cannot be moved, where "neither moth nor rust doth corrupt."

(2) It is undefiled. The inheritance of Israel was defiled (Leviticus 18:27, 28), but into the heavenly inheritance entereth not "anything that defileth" (Revelation 21:27).

(3) It fadeth not away. "The grass withereth, the flower falleth away;" it is not so in the "land that is very far off." The crown reserved for its blessed inhabitants is an amaranth wreath (comp. Wisd. 6:13 and 1 Peter 5:4, where see note). There are no tendencies to corruption there, no possibilities of defilement, not even that fading which must pass over the fairest things of earth. Reserved in heaven for you. The many mansions in our Father's house have been kept from the beginning, and still are kept for his elect; Satan cannot rob them of it, as he robbed man of the earthly paradise. Some of the Greek commentators find in the words, "in heaven," an argument against the millenarians. Some manuscripts read "for us," but the received reading is best supported. St. Peter passes from one person to another, as St. Paul often does, sometimes addressing his readers directly, sometimes including himself among them. To an inheritance incorruptible,.... This is a further explanation of the "lively hope", or hope laid up in heaven, which regenerate ones are begotten to: it is an "inheritance"; a large estate, and rich possession, they are born heirs apparent to; what is not to be got by industry, or obtained by the works of the law; for they that are of the law are not heirs; but what is the pure bequest and free gift of God, as a Father to his children; for an inheritance is proper and peculiar to children, nor does it belong to any but them; and it comes to them through the death of the testator, Christ, and of it the Holy Spirit is the pledge and earnest: and here it is said to be

incorruptible; it is free from corruption in itself; nor can it be corrupted by others, by moth, or rust, or other things, as gold, silver, and garments may, which are a part of earthly inheritances; nor can it be enjoyed by corrupt persons, either corrupted with sin, or clothed with frailty and mortality; wherefore, in order to inherit it, corruption must put on incorruption, in every sense; other epithets and commendations of it follow:

and undefiled; it is in its own nature pure and holy, and free from any defilement of sin; nor are there any of those impurities in it which Jews and Mahometans dream of in their vainly expected earthly paradise; nor will it be possessed by any but undefiled persons, such as are made so through the blood and righteousness of Christ:

and that fadeth not away; as do world, and the glory of it, and all inheritances and possessions in it; here is no continuing city, but there is one to come; in this inheritance are durable riches, everlasting habitations, an house eternal in the heavens, glories in it that will never wither and die, and pleasures which will never end, and which will be enjoyed without decrease or loathing:

reserved in heaven for you; the Alexandrian copy reads, "for us"; and the Ethiopic version renders it, "for us and you"; for all the saints; for all who are the elect, according to the foreknowledge of God, and who are begotten again to a lively hope; for these this inheritance is prepared, laid up, and secured in the hands or Christ their feoffee, who has it in trust for them, and with whom they are co-heirs; and it is safe for them "in heaven"; out of the reach of men and devils: this serves both to commend the inheritance, to set forth the excellency of it, lying in such a place as heaven; for the situation of an inheritance adds oftentimes to the valuableness of it; and also the safety and security of it; it is safe, being in heaven, and more so as it is in Christ's hands there. The Jews are wont to call the future state an inheritance of the land of the living: they say (u).

"this is called "an inheritance"; and add, but in this world a man has no inheritance, nor continuance;

so they interpret that phrase, "by the God of thy father", in Genesis 49:25 thus (w).

"this is "the inheritance" of the superior place, which is called "heaven";

and sometimes they style it , "the superior inheritance", or "the inheritance above" (x); all which agrees with Peter's language,

(u) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 150. 3.((w) Zohar in Gen. fol. 131. 2.((x) Zohar in Exod. fol. 34. 3.4. To an inheritance—the object of our "hope" (1Pe 1:3), which is therefore not a dead, but a "living" hope. The inheritance is the believer's already by title, being actually assigned to him; the entrance on its possession is future, and hoped for as a certainty. Being "begotten again" as a "son," he is an "heir," as earthly fathers beget children who shall inherit their goods. The inheritance is "salvation" (1Pe 1:5, 9); "the grace to be brought at the revelation of Christ" (1Pe 1:13); "a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

incorruptible—not having within the germs of death. Negations of the imperfections which meet us on every side here are the chief means of conveying to our minds a conception of the heavenly things which "have not entered into the heart of man," and which we have not faculties now capable of fully knowing. Peter, sanguine, impulsive, and highly susceptible of outward impressions, was the more likely to feel painfully the deep-seated corruption which, lurking under the outward splendor of the loveliest of earthly things, dooms them soon to rottenness and decay.

undefiled—not stained as earthly goods by sin, either in the acquiring, or in the using of them; unsusceptible of any stain. "The rich man is either a dishonest man himself, or the heir of a dishonest man" [Jerome]. Even Israel's inheritance was defiled by the people's sins. Defilement intrudes even on our holy things now, whereas God's service ought to be undefiled.

that fadeth not away—Contrast 1Pe 1:24. Even the most delicate part of the heavenly inheritance, its bloom, continues unfading. "In substance incorruptible; in purity undefiled; in beauty unfading" [Alford].

reserved—kept up (Col 1:5, "laid up for you in heaven," 2Ti 4:8); Greek perfect, expressing a fixed and abiding state, "which has been and is reserved." The inheritance is in security, beyond risk, out of the reach of Satan, though we for whom it is reserved are still in the midst of dangers. Still, if we be believers, we too, as well as the inheritance, are "kept" (the same Greek, Joh 17:12) by Jesus safely (1Pe 1:5).

in heaven—Greek, "in the heavens," where it can neither be destroyed nor plundered. It does not follow that, because it is now laid up in heaven, it shall not hereafter be on earth also.

for you—It is secure not only in itself from all misfortune, but also from all alienation, so that no other can receive it in your stead. He had said us (1Pe 1:3); he now turns his address to the elect in order to encourage and exhort them.1:1-9 This epistle is addressed to believers in general, who are strangers in every city or country where they live, and are scattered through the nations. These are to ascribe their salvation to the electing love of the Father, the redemption of the Son, and the sanctification of the Holy Ghost; and so to give glory to one God in three Persons, into whose name they had been baptized. Hope, in the world's phrase, refers only to an uncertain good, for all worldly hopes are tottering, built upon sand, and the worldling's hopes of heaven are blind and groundless conjectures. But the hope of the sons of the living God is a living hope; not only as to its object, but as to its effect also. It enlivens and comforts in all distresses, enables to meet and get over all difficulties. Mercy is the spring of all this; yea, great mercy and manifold mercy. And this well-grounded hope of salvation, is an active and living principle of obedience in the soul of the believer. The matter of a Christian's joy, is the remembrance of the happiness laid up for him. It is incorruptible, it cannot come to nothing, it is an estate that cannot be spent. Also undefiled; this signifies its purity and perfection. And it fadeth not; is not sometimes more or less pleasant, but ever the same, still like itself. All possessions here are stained with defects and failings; still something is wanting: fair houses have sad cares flying about the gilded and ceiled roofs; soft beds and full tables, are often with sick bodies and uneasy stomachs. All possessions are stained with sin, either in getting or in using them. How ready we are to turn the things we possess into occasions and instruments of sin, and to think there is no liberty or delight in their use, without abusing them! Worldly possessions are uncertain and soon pass away, like the flowers and plants of the field. That must be of the greatest worth, which is laid up in the highest and best place, in heaven. Happy are those whose hearts the Holy Spirit sets on this inheritance. God not only gives his people grace, but preserves them unto glory. Every believer has always something wherein he may greatly rejoice; it should show itself in the countenance and conduct. The Lord does not willingly afflict, yet his wise love often appoints sharp trials, to show his people their hearts, and to do them good at the latter end. Gold does not increase by trial in the fire, it becomes less; but faith is made firm, and multiplied, by troubles and afflictions. Gold must perish at last, and can only purchase perishing things, while the trial of faith will be found to praise, and honour, and glory. Let this reconcile us to present afflictions. Seek then to believe Christ's excellence in himself, and his love to us; this will kindle such a fire in the heart as will make it rise up in a sacrifice of love to him. And the glory of God and our own happiness are so united, that if we sincerely seek the one now, we shall attain the other when the soul shall no more be subject to evil. The certainty of this hope is as if believers had already received it.
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