1 Peter 1:22
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New International Version
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

New Living Translation
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

English Standard Version
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

New American Standard Bible
Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

King James Bible
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,

International Standard Version
Now that you have obeyed the truth and have purified your souls to love your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a pure heart.

NET Bible
You have purified your souls by obeying the truth in order to show sincere mutual love. So love one another earnestly from a pure heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So that your souls would be sanctified in obedience to the truth and that they be filled with love without partiality, that you would be loving one another from a pure and perfect heart,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Love each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Having purified your souls in the obedience of the truth, by the Spirit, in unfeigned brotherly love, love one another with a pure heart fervently,

King James 2000 Bible
Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto sincere love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:

American King James Version
Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:

American Standard Version
Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:

Darby Bible Translation
Having purified your souls by obedience to the truth to unfeigned brotherly love, love one another out of a pure heart fervently;

English Revised Version
Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently:

Webster's Bible Translation
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Weymouth New Testament
Now that, through your obedience to the truth, you have purified your souls for cherishing sincere brotherly love, you must love another heartily and fervently.

World English Bible
Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently:

Young's Literal Translation
Your souls having purified in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to brotherly love unfeigned, out of a pure heart one another love ye earnestly,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:17-25 Holy confidence in God as a Father, and awful fear of him as a Judge, agree together; and to regard God always as a Judge, makes him dear to us as a Father. If believers do evil, God will visit them with corrections. Then, let Christians not doubt God's faithfulness to his promises, nor give way to enslaving dread of his wrath, but let them reverence his holiness. The fearless professor is defenceless, and Satan takes him captive at his will; the desponding professor has no heart to avail himself of his advantages, and is easily brought to surrender. The price paid for man's redemption was the precious blood of Christ. Not only openly wicked, but unprofitable conversation is highly dangerous, though it may plead custom. It is folly to resolve, I will live and die in such a way, because my forefathers did so. God had purposes of special favour toward his people, long before he made manifest such grace unto them. But the clearness of light, the supports of faith, the power of ordinances, are all much greater since Christ came upon earth, than they were before. The comfort is, that being by faith made one with Christ, his present glory is an assurance that where he is we shall be also, Joh 14:3. The soul must be purified, before it can give up its own desires and indulgences. And the word of God planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost, is a means of spiritual life, stirring up to our duty, working a total change in the dispositions and affections of the soul, till it brings to eternal life. In contrast with the excellence of the renewed spiritual man, as born again, observe the vanity of the natural man. In his life, and in his fall, he is like grass, the flower of grass, which soon withers and dies away. We should hear, and thus receive and love, the holy, living word, and rather hazard all than lose it; and we must banish all other things from the place due to it. We should lodge it in our hearts as our only treasures here, and the certain pledge of the treasure of glory laid up for believers in heaven.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 22. - Seeing ye have purified your souls; literally, having purified. The verb ἁγνίζω is used of ceremonial purification in John 11:55, and in Acts 21:24, 26; Acts 24:18. St. James and St. John, in their Epistles, give it the spiritual sense in which St. Peter uses it here (James 4:8; 1 John 3:3). In this sense it implies consecration to God's service, and an inward cleansing of the heart from all that defiles - from sensual desires, from hypocrisy, from selfishness. The tense shows that this inward purification must precede the love to which the apostle exhorts us; there can be no true love in an unclean heart. In obeying the truth through the Spirit; literally, in the obedience of the truth. Obedience is the condition of purification. God's people are elect unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. While they walk in the path of obedience they are walking in the light, the light of truth, the light of God's presence, and then the blood of Jesus Christ is cleansing them from all sin (1 John 1:7). The genitive (τῆς ἀληθείας) seems to be objective, "obedience to the truth," rather than obedience wrought by the truth. The truth is God's truth, the truth revealed in his Holy Word. So the Lord himself said, "Sanctify them through thy truth; thy Word is truth" (John 17:17). The words, "through the Spirit," are not found in the best manuscripts; they may be a gloss, but a true one. Unto unfeigned love of the brethren. St. Peter had not forgotten the new commandment, "That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." The word rendered "love of the brethren" (φιλαδελφία) is scarcely found except in Christian writings. St. Peter uses it again in his Second Epistle (2 Peter 1:7), and also St. Paul (Romans 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:9). It must be unfeigned, without hypocrisy, not in word, but in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18). Our hearts must be purified in the obedience of the truth before that unfeigned love can dwell in them (comp. 1 Timothy 1:5, which is an exact parallel). See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently; literally, love one another from the heart. The word "pure" is omitted in two of the most ancient manuscripts; it may be a gloss, but it is most true and suitable. Christian love must he from the heart, true and pure. The word rendered "fervently" (ἐκτενῶς) means, literally, "intensely," with all the energies strained to the utmost. It is interesting to observe that the only other place where the adverb occurs is in Acts 12:5 (according to the reading of the most ancient manuscripts), where it is used of the prayer offered up for St. Peter himself.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Seeing ye have purified your souls,.... The apostle passes to another exhortation, namely, to brotherly love; the ground of which he makes to be, the purification of their souls; and which supposes that they had been impure; and indeed, their whole persons, souls and bodies, were so by nature; even all the members of their bodies, and all the powers and faculties of their souls: it is internal purity, purity of the heart, that is here particularly respected; though not to the exclusion of outward purity, for where there is the former, there will be the latter; but there may be an external purity, where there is not the inward one: this the apostle ascribes to the saints themselves, but not without the grace of God, the blood of Christ, and the operations of his Spirit; as appears by a following clause; but they are said to purify themselves, inasmuch as having the grace of faith bestowed on them, they were enabled, under the influences of the Spirit of God, to exercise it on the blood of Christ, which cleanses from all sin:

in obeying the truth; of the Gospel, by receiving, believing, and embracing it in the love of it; which teaches outward purity, and is a means in the hand of the spirit of inward purity, and of directing to the purifying blood of Jesus, who sanctifies and cleanses by the word:

through the Spirit; this clause is left out in the Alexandrian copy, and some others, and in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, but is in the Arabic version, and ought to be retained; for, as Christ died to purify to himself a peculiar people, the Spirit of Christ does from him purify the heart by faith in his blood; by sprinkling that on the conscience, and by leading the faith of God's people to the fountain of it, to wash it for sin, and for uncleanness; even both their consciences and their conversation, garments; whereby they obtain inward and outward purity:

unto unfeigned love of the brethren; which is the end of sanctification, and an evidence of it; when the saints are loved as brethren, and because such; and with a love without dissimulation, not in word and in tongue only, but in deed and in truth: this being the case, the exhortation follows:

see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: this is Christ's new commandment, and the evidence of regeneration; a distinguishing badge of Christianity, and without which all profession of religion is a vain and empty thing: this should he mutual and cordial; should proceed from the heart, and from an heart sprinkled from an evil conscience; and should be with warmth and fervency, and not with coldness and indifference; though the word here used, may not only design the intenseness of it, but the extensiveness of it also; as that it should reach to all the saints, the poor as well as the rich, and the lesser as well as the greater and more knowing believers; and likewise may denote the continuance of it; it ought to be continually exercised, and to last always; and so the Arabic version renders it, "with a perpetual love".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. purified … in obeying the truth—Greek, "in your (or 'the') obedience of (that is, 'to') the truth (the Gospel way of salvation)," that is, in the fact of your believing. Faith purifies the heart as giving it the only pure motive, love to God (Ac 15:9; Ro 1:5, "obedience to the faith").

through the Spirit—omitted in the oldest manuscripts. The Holy Spirit is the purifier by bestowing the obedience of faith (1Pe 1:2; 1Co 12:3).

unto—with a view to: the proper result of the purifying of your hearts by faith. "For what end must we lead a chaste life? That we may thereby be saved? No: but for this, that we may serve our neighbor" [Luther].

unfeigned—1Pe 2:1, 2, "laying aside … hypocrisies … sincere."

love of the brethren—that is, of Christians. Brotherly love is distinct from common love. "The Christian loves primarily those in Christ; secondarily, all who might be in Christ, namely, all men, as Christ as man died for all, and as he hopes that they, too, may become his Christian brethren" [Steiger]. Bengel remarks that as here, so in 2Pe 1:5-7, "brotherly love" is preceded by the purifying graces, "faith, knowledge, and godliness," &c. Love to the brethren is the evidence of our regeneration and justification by faith.

love one another—When the purifying by faith into love of the brethren has formed the habit, then the act follows, so that the "love" is at once habit and act.

with a pure heart—The oldest manuscripts read, "(love) from the heart."

fervently—Greek, "intensely": with all the powers on the stretch (1Pe 4:8). "Instantly" (Ac 26:7).

1 Peter 1:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Word of the Lord Stands Forever
22Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.…
Cross References
John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Hebrews 13:1
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.

James 1:21
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Peter 1:2
who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

1 Peter 2:17
Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 3:20
to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

2 Peter 1:7
and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
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Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:

ye have.

John 15:3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you.

John 17:17,19 Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth…

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Romans 6:16,17 Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, …

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

in.

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: …

Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied …

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

Romans 2:8 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey …

Galatians 5:7 You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which …

through.

Romans 8:13 For if you live after the flesh, you shall die: but if you through …

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed to you keep by the Holy Ghost …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

unto.

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

John 13:34,35 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 15:17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

Romans 12:9,10 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the …

Ephesians 4:3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1 Thessalonians 4:8,9 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

James 2:15,16 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food…

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1 John 3:11,14-19,23 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we …

1 John 4:7,12,20,21 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

1 John 5:1,2 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

see.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love.

a pure.

1 Timothy 1:3 As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, …

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

1 Timothy 5:2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

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