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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CommentaryClarke'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."
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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 …
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Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
"Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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.
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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