1 Peter 3:13
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New International Version
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

King James Bible
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

Darby Bible Translation
And who shall injure you if ye have become imitators of that which [is] good?

World English Bible
Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good?

Young's Literal Translation
and who is he who will be doing you evil, if of Him who is good ye may become imitators?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Who is he that will harm you - Is it possible that a man can be wretched who has God for his friend? "All the devices which the devil or wicked men work against such must be brought to naught, and by the providence of his goodness be dispersed."

If ye be followers, etc. - Εαν Του Αγαθου μιμηται γενησθε· If ye be imitators of the good One, i.e. of God. Ὁ Αγαθος, the good One, is one of God's prime epithets, see Matthew 19:17, and Satan is distinguished by the reverse, ὁ πονηρος, the Evil one, Matthew 13:19 (note). Instead of μιμηται, followers, or rather imitators, ζηλωται, zealous of what is good, is the reading of ABC, fifteen others, both the Syriac, Erpen's Arabic, the Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian and Vulgate, with some of the fathers. This is a very probable reading, and Griesbach has placed it in the margin as a candidate for the place of that in the text.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

who.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Will you then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good...

followers.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.

Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but he loves him that follows after righteousness.

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that you may prophesy.

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet...

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.

Library
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
Proverbs 12:21
No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

Proverbs 16:7
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Jeremiah 39:12
"Take him and look after him; don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."

Titus 2:14
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

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