1 Peter 3:11
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New International Version
They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

King James Bible
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Darby Bible Translation
And let him avoid evil, and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it;

World English Bible
Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

Young's Literal Translation
let him turn aside from evil, and do good, let him seek peace and pursue it;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For he that will love life - This is a quotation from Psalm 34:12-16, as it stands in the Septuagint; only the aorist of the imperative is changed from the second into the third person, etc. He who wishes to live long and prosperously, must act as he is here directed.

1. He must refrain from evil-speaking, lying, and slandering.

2. He must avoid flattery and fair speeches, which cover hypocritical or wicked intentions.

3. He must avoid evil, keep going away εκκλινατω, from evil.

4. He must do good; he must walk in the way of righteousness.

5. He must live peaceably with all men; seek peace where it has been lost; restore it where it has been broken; and pursue it where it seems to be flying away.

He who lives thus must live happy in himself. And as excess in action and passion always tends to the shortening of life, and nothing preys on the constitution more than disorderly passions, he must live not only happiest but longest who avoids them. It is an edifying story that is told in the book Mussar, chap. 1., quoted by Rosenmuller: "A certain person, travelling through the city, continued to call out, Who wants the elixir of life? The daughter of Rabbi Joda heard him, and told her father. He said, Call the man in. When he came in, the rabbi said, What is that elixir of life thou sellest? He answered, Is it not written, What man is he that loveth life, and desireth to see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking guile? This is the elixir of life, and is found in the mouth of man."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God...

Job 2:3 And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man...

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil...

Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil...

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

John 17:15 I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil.


Psalm 125:4 Do good, O LORD, to those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good...

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always.

Luke 6:9,35 Then said Jesus to them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life...

Romans 7:19,21 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do...

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.


Psalm 120:6,7 My soul has long dwelled with him that hates peace...

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

Romans 14:17,19 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost...

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

Good Days
Eversley, 1867. Westminster, Sept. 27, 1872. 1 Peter iii. 8-12. "Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

April the Ninteenth Union in Harmony
"Be ye all of one mind." --1 PETER iii. 8-17. But this is not unison: it is harmony. When an orchestra produces some great musical masterpiece, the instruments are all of one mind, but each makes its own individual contribution. There is variety with concordance: each one serves every other, and the result is glorious harmony. "By love serve one another." It is love that converts membership into fraternity: it is love that binds sons and daughters into a family. Look at a field of wild-flowers.
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Of Baptism.
1. Baptism defined. Its primary object. This consists of three things. 1. To attest the forgiveness of sins. 2. Passages of Scripture proving the forgiveness of sins. 3. Forgiveness not only of past but also of future sins. This no encouragement to license in sin. 4 Refutation of those who share forgiveness between Baptism and Repentance. 5 Second thing in Baptism--viz. to teach that we are ingrafted into Christ for mortification and newness of life. 6. Third thing in Baptism--viz. to teach us that
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

The Test of Discipleship
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17. A person may not be able to tell the exact time or place, or trace all the chain of circumstances in the process of conversion; but this does not prove him to be unconverted. Christ said to Nicodemus, "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is everyone that is born of the Spirit."
Ellen Gould White—Steps to Christ

Cross References
Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

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