1 Peter 5:13
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.

King James Bible
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

American Standard Version
She that is in Babylon, elect together with you , saluteth you; and'so doth Mark my son.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The church that is in Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you: and so doth my son Mark.

English Revised Version
She that is in Babylon, elect together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Mark my son.

Webster's Bible Translation
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Mark my son.

Weymouth New Testament
The Church in Babylon, chosen like yourselves by God, sends greetings, and so does Mark my son.

1 Peter 5:13 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

The church

The word is not in the Greek, but is supplied with the feminine definite article ἡ. There is, however, a difference of opinion as to the meaning of this feminine article. Some suppose a reference to Peter's own wife; others, to some prominent Christian woman in the church. Compare 2 John 1:1. The majority of interpreters, however, refer it to the church.

Babylon

Some understand in a figurative sense, as meaning Rome; others, literally, of Babylon on the Euphrates. In favor of the former view are the drift of ancient opinion and the Roman Catholic interpreters, with Luther and several noted modern expositors, as Ewald and Hoffmann. This, too, is the view of Canon Cook in the "Speaker's Commentary." In favor of the literal interpretation are the weighty names of Alford, Huther, Calvin, Neander, Weiss, and Reuss. Professor Salmond, in his admirable commentary on this epistle, has so forcibly summed up the testimony that we cannot do better than to give his comment entire: "In favor of this allegorical interpretation it is urged that there are other occurrences of Babylon in the New Testament as a mystical name for Rome (Revelation 14:8; Revelation 18:2, Revelation 18:10); that it is in the highest degree unlikely that Peter should have made the Assyrian Babylon his residence or missionary centre, especially in view of a statement by Josephus indicating that the Emperor Claudius had expelled the Jews from that city and neighborhood; and that tradition connects Peter with Rome, but not with Babylon. The fact, however, that the word is mystically used in a mystical book like the Apocalypse - a book, too, which is steeped in the spirit and terminology of the Old Testament - is no argument for the mystical use of the word in writings of a different type. The allegorical interpretation becomes still less likely when it is observed that other geographical designations in this epistle (1 Peter 1:1) have undoubtedly the literal meaning. The tradition itself, too, is uncertain. The statement in Josephus does not bear all that it is made to bear. There is no reason to suppose that, at the time when this epistle was written, the city of Rome was currently known among Christians as Babylon. On the contrary, wherever it is mentioned in the New Testament, with the single exception of the Apocalypse (and even there it is distinguished as 'Babylon, the great'), it gets its usual name, Rome. So far, too, from the Assyrian Babylon being practically in a deserted state at this date, there is very good ground for believing that the Jewish population (not to speak of the heathen) of the city and vicinity was very considerable. For these and other reasons a succession of distinguished interpreters and historians, from Erasmus and Calvin, on to Neander, Weiss, Reuss, Huther, etc., have rightly held by the literal sense."

Marcus

Rev., Mark. John Mark, the author of the gospel. See Introduction to Mark, on his relations to Peter.

My son

Probably in a spiritual sense, though some, as Bengel, think that Peter's own son is referred to.

1 Peter 5:13 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

at.

Psalm 87:4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

Revelation 17:5 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils...

elected.

2 John 1:13 The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.

Marcus. See on

Acts 12:12,25 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark...

Cross References
Acts 12:12
When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Acts 12:25
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had completed their service, bringing with them John, whose other name was Mark.

Acts 15:37
Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.

Acts 15:39
And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus,

Colossians 4:10
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions--if he comes to you, welcome him),

Philemon 1:24
and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.

2 John 1:1
The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth,

Jump to Previous
Assembly Babylon Chosen Church Elect Greetings Greets Likewise Marcus Mark Markus Part Purpose Salute Salutes Saluteth Sends Together Yourselves
Jump to Next
Assembly Babylon Chosen Church Elect Greetings Greets Likewise Marcus Mark Markus Part Purpose Salute Salutes Saluteth Sends Together Yourselves
Links
1 Peter 5:13 NIV
1 Peter 5:13 NLT
1 Peter 5:13 ESV
1 Peter 5:13 NASB
1 Peter 5:13 KJV

1 Peter 5:13 Bible Apps
1 Peter 5:13 Biblia Paralela
1 Peter 5:13 Chinese Bible
1 Peter 5:13 French Bible
1 Peter 5:13 German Bible

Bible Hub

ESV Text Edition: 2016. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
1 Peter 5:12
Top of Page
Top of Page