1 Peter 3:14
New International Version
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”

New Living Translation
But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

English Standard Version
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

Berean Study Bible
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be shaken.”

Berean Literal Bible
But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, you are blessed. "And you should not be afraid of their threats, neither should you be troubled."

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

New King James Version
But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”

New American Standard Bible
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE IN DREAD,

NASB 1995
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,

NASB 1977
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,

Amplified Bible
But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness [though it is not certain that you will], you are still blessed [happy, to be admired and favored by God]. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR INTIMIDATING THREATS, NOR BE TROUBLED or DISTURBED [by their opposition].

Christian Standard Bible
But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear them or be intimidated,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be disturbed,

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if you suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed, and you should not be afraid of those who terrorize you, and be not provoked.

Contemporary English Version
Even if you have to suffer for doing good things, God will bless you. So stop being afraid and don't worry about what people might do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if also you suffer any thing for justice' sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their fear, and be not troubled.

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

Good News Translation
But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are! Do not be afraid of anyone, and do not worry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But even if you suffer for doing what God approves, you are blessed. Don't be afraid of those who want to harm you. Don't get upset.

International Standard Version
But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. "Never be afraid of their threats, and never get upset.

Literal Standard Version
But if you also should suffer because of righteousness, [you are] blessed! And do not be afraid of their fear, nor be troubled,

NET Bible
But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken.

New Heart English Bible
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. "And do not fear what they fear, nor be troubled."

Weymouth New Testament
But even if you suffer for righteousness' sake, you are to be envied. So do not be alarmed by their threats, nor 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."

Young's Literal Translation
but if ye also should suffer because of righteousness, happy are ye! and of their fear be not afraid, nor be troubled,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Suffering for Righteousness
13Who can harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear; do not be shaken.” 15But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you. But respond with gentleness and respect,…

Cross References
Proverbs 3:25
Do not fear sudden danger or the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

Isaiah 8:12
"Do not call conspiracy everything these people regard as conspiracy. Do not fear what they fear; do not live in dread.

Matthew 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

James 1:12
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.

James 5:11
See how blessed we consider those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen the outcome from the Lord. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

1 Peter 2:19
For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended.

1 Peter 3:6
just as Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. And you are her children if you do what is right and refuse to give way to fear.


Treasury of Scripture

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

if.

1 Peter 2:19,20
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully…

1 Peter 4:13-16
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy…

Jeremiah 15:15
O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

and be.

Isaiah 8:12,13
Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid…

Isaiah 41:10-14
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness…

Isaiah 51:12
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;









(14) But and if ye suffer.--The old-fashioned phrase would read more intelligibly thus: Nay, if ye should even suffer. So far are men's attempts to "harm" us (by acts of malice to property or good name, &c.) from really injuring us, that even if it should come to be a matter of "suffering" we are to be congratulated. What he means by this "suffering," which is so much more than being "harmed," may be seen from 1Peter 2:21; 1Peter 3:17; 1Peter 4:1; 1Peter 4:15. He means the horrors of capital punishment. He does not speak of this as something that was already occurring, nor as though it were something immediately and certainly impending, but as a case well supposable. There had then as yet been no martyrdoms in Asia. The letter is therefore earlier in date than the Apocalypse (Revelation 2:13). It is a noticeable point that in all St. Paul's Epistles the word "to suffer" occurs but seven times, and nowhere twice in the same Epistle; whereas it comes twelve times in this one short Letter of St. Peter.

For righteousness' sake.--Like the "suffering wrongfully" of 1Peter 2:19. It is not as suffering that it is valuable. . . .

Verse 14. - But and if ye suffer for righteousness sake, happy are ye; better, but although ye should suffer. St. Peter knew that persecution was coming; he wished to prepare his readers for it. He recalls to their thoughts the eighth beatitude, almost reproducing the Lord's words (Matthew 5:10). Such suffering (πάσχειν, lenius verbum quam κακοῦσθαι," Bengel) would do them no real harm; nay, it would bring with it a true and deep blessing. "Righteousness" here seems synonymous with "that which is good" in the last verse. Christians had often to suffer, not only because of their confession of Christ, but because of the purity of their lives, which was a standing reproach to the heathen. Compare St. Augustine's well-known saying, "Martyrem tacit non poena, sed causa." And be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled. From Isaiah 8:12. The genitive may be taken as objective: "Be not afraid of the terror which they cause;" or as subjective, "with the terror which they feel." The former view is more suitable here.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
But
Ἀλλ’ (All’)
Conjunction
Strong's 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

even
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

you should suffer
πάσχοιτε (paschoite)
Verb - Present Optative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 3958: I am acted upon in a certain way, either good or bad; I experience ill treatment, suffer.

for
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

what is right,
δικαιοσύνην (dikaiosynēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1343: From dikaios; equity; specially justification.

[you are] blessed.
μακάριοι (makarioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3107: Happy, blessed, to be envied. A prolonged form of the poetical makar; supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off.

“Do not fear
φοβηθῆτε (phobēthēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 5399: From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.

their
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

intimidation;
φόβον (phobon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5401: (a) fear, terror, alarm, (b) the object or cause of fear, (c) reverence, respect. From a primary phebomai; alarm or fright.

do not be shaken.”
ταραχθῆτε (tarachthēte)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 5015: To disturb, agitate, stir up, trouble. Of uncertain affinity; to stir or agitate.


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