New International Version
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God's slaves.
King James Bible
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Darby Bible Translation
as free, and not as having liberty as a cloak of malice, but as God's bondmen.
World English Bible
as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
Young's Literal Translation
as free, and not having the freedom as the cloak of the evil, but as servants of God;
1 Peter 2:16 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As free - The Jews pretended that they were a free people, and owed allegiance to God alone; hence they were continually rebelling against the Roman government, to which God had subjected them because of their rebellion against him: thus they used their liberty for a cloak of maliciousness - for a pretext of rebellion, and by it endeavored to vindicate their seditious and rebellious conduct.
But as the servants of God - These were free from sin and Satan, but they were the servants of God - bound to obey him; and, as he had made it their duty to obey the civil magistrate, they served God by submitting to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake.
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using. Gr. having. a cloke.
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A NEW YEAR'S ADDRESS. "For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."--1 Peter ii. 25. "Ye were as sheep going astray." This is evidently addressed to believers. We were like sheep, blindly, willfully following an unwise leader. Not only were we following ourselves, but we in our turn have led others astray. This is true of all of us: "All we like sheep have gone astray;" all equally foolish, "we have turned every one to his own way." Our first …
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Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
1 Corinthians 7:22
For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord's freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ's slave.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do.
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