1 Peter 3:14
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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."

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

Darby Bible Translation
But if also ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed [are ye]; but be not afraid of their fear, neither be 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,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But and if ye suffer - God may permit you to be tried and persecuted for righteousness' sake, but this cannot essentially harm you; he will press even this into your service, and make it work for your good.

Happy are ye - This seems to refer to Matthew 5:10, etc. Blessed or happy, are ye when men persecute you, etc. It is a happiness to suffer for Christ; and it is a happiness, because if a man were not holy and righteous the world would not persecute him, so he is happy in the very cause of his sufferings.

Be not afraid of their terror - Τον δε φοβον αυτων μη φοβηθητε· Fear not their fear; see Isaiah 8:12. Sometimes fear is put for the object of a man's religious worship; see Genesis 31:42; Proverbs 1:26, and the place in Isaiah just quoted. The exhortation may mean, Fear not their gods, they can do you no hurt; and supposing that they curse you by them, yet be not troubled; "He who fears God need have no other fear."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

1 Peter 4:13-16 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed...

Jeremiah 15:15 O LORD, you know: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in your long-suffering...

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...

Matthew 10:18-22,39 And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles...

Matthew 16:25 For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children...

Mark 8:35 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

Mark 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Truly I say to you, There is no man that has left house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother...

Luke 6:22,23 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you...

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake...

Philippians 1:29 For to you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life...

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

Isaiah 41:10-14 Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you...

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die...

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, said the LORD.

Ezekiel 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks...

Matthew 10:28,31 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul...

Luke 12:4,5 And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do...

John 14:1,27 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me...

Acts 18:9,10 Then spoke the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not your peace...

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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 3:25
Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

Isaiah 8:12
"Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.

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 one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 5:11
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

1 Peter 2:19
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

1 Peter 3:6
like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

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