1 Peter 1:24
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New International Version
For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,

New Living Translation
As the Scriptures say, "People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades.

English Standard Version
for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,

Berean Study Bible
For, "All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,

Berean Literal Bible
because, "All flesh is like grass, and all the glory of it like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls away,

New American Standard Bible
For, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

King James Bible
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,

International Standard Version
For "All human life is like grass, and all its glory is like a flower in the grass. The grass dries up and the flower drops off,

NET Bible
For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off,

New Heart English Bible
For, "All flesh is like grass, and all it's glory like the flower in the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because all flesh is grass and all its beauty as the blossom of the field; the grass withers and the blossom fades.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"All people are like grass, and all their beauty is like a flower of the field. The grass dries up and the flower drops off,

New American Standard 1977
For,
            “ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS,
            AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS.
            THE GRASS WITHERS,
            AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,

King James 2000 Bible
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away:

American King James Version
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

American Standard Version
For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For all flesh is as grass; and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.

Darby Bible Translation
Because all flesh [is] as grass, and all its glory as [the] flower of grass. The grass has withered and [its] flower has fallen;

English Revised Version
For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower falleth:

Webster's Bible Translation
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and its flower falleth away:

Weymouth New Testament
"All mankind resemble the herbage, and all their beauty is like its flowers. The herbage dries up, and its flowers drop off;

World English Bible
For, "All flesh is like grass, and all of man's glory like the flower in the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls;

Young's Literal Translation
because all flesh is as grass, and all glory of man as flower of grass; wither did the grass, and the flower of it fell away,
Study Bible
The Word of the Lord Stands
23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.…
Cross References
Job 14:2
"Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain.

Psalm 39:6
"Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing; He amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Psalm 103:15
As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

Isaiah 40:6
A voice says, "Call out." Then he answered, "What shall I call out?" All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

Isaiah 51:12
"I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies And of the son of man who is made like grass,

Matthew 6:30
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

James 1:10
But the one who is rich should exult in his low position, because he will pass away like a flower of the field.
Treasury of Scripture

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass wither, and the flower thereof falls away:

For. or, For that. all flesh.

2 Kings 19:26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed …

Psalm 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Psalm 90:5 You carry them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the …

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of …

Psalm 102:4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 103:15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

Psalm 129:6 Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which wither before it grows up:

Isaiah 40:6-8 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is …

James 1:10,11 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the …

James 4:14 Whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your …

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does …

(24) For all flesh is as grass.--The citation is from Isaiah 40:6-8, and varies between the Hebrew and the LXX. in the kind of way which shows that the writer was familiar with both. But the passage is by no means quoted only to support the assertion, in itself ordinary enough, that the Word of the Lord abideth for ever. It is always impossible to grasp the meaning of an Old Testament quotation in the mouth of a Hebrew without taking into account the context of the original. Nothing is commoner than to omit purposely the very words which contain the whole point of the quotation. Now these sentences in Isaiah stand in the forefront of the herald's proclamation of the return of God to Sion, always interpreted of the establishment of the Messianic kingdom. This proclamation of the Messianic kingdom comprises words which St. Peter has purposely omitted, and they contain the point of the quotation. The omitted words are, "the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people"--i.e., Israel--"is grass." Immediately before our quotation went the words, "the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together;" statements which so shocked the LXX. translator that he entirely omitted 1Peter 1:7, and changed the previous verse so as to make some difference between Jew and Gentile (as Godet points out on Luke 3:6), into "the glory of the Lord shall be revealed." i.e., to Israel, "and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." The comment of Bishop Lowth on the original passage will well bring out what St. Peter means here: "What is the import of [the proclamation]? that the people, the flesh, is of a vain temporary nature; that all its glory fadeth, and is soon gone; but that the Word of God endureth for ever. What is this but a plain opposition of the flesh to the Spirit; of the carnal Israel to the spiritual; of the temporary Mosaic economy to the eternal Christian dispensation?" Here, then, St. Peter is quoting one of the greatest of Messianic prophecies; and his Hebrew readers would at once understand the Hebrew method of the quotation, and see that he was calling attention to the absolute equality of Jew and Gentile there proclaimed. Generation of the corruptible seed, physical descent from Abraham, was "the glory of the flesh" (observe that according to the best text St. Peter does not follow the LXX., and insert "of man," but follows the Hebrew, and says "all the glory thereof," i.e., of the flesh). On this "the Spirit of the Lord" had breathed (Psalm 104:30); and the merely fleshly glory had withered like grass. But "the word of our God," which, mark well, St. Peter purposely changes into "the Word of the Lord," i.e., of Jesus Christ, incidentally showing his Hebrew readers that he believed Jesus Christ to be "our God"--this "abideth for ever." The engendering by this is imperishable, i.e., involves a privilege which is not, like that of the Jewish blood, transitory: it will never become a matter of indifference whether we have been engendered with this, as is the case now (Galatians 6:15) with regard to the "corruptible seed;" no further revelation will ever level up the unregenerate to be the equals of the regenerate. And in this regeneration "all flesh" share alike. The teaching of the Baptist, who fulfilled this prophecy, is here again apparent. (See Matthew 3:9.)

Verse 24. - For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away. St. Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6-8, in illustration of his assertion that the Word of God abideth forever. The quotation is from the Septuagint. St. Peter follows that version in omitting part of ver. 7; but he slightly varies the words, writing (according to the most ancient manuscripts), "all the glory thereof," instead of "all the glory of man;" and in the next verse, "the Word of the Lord," instead of "the Word of our God." The first variation shows an acquaintance with the original Hebrew. St. James refers to the same passage from Isaiah in James 1:10, 11. All men, as born of corruptible seed, are frail, mortal, and perishing; they spring up like grass, and look beautiful for a while, but are very weak and tender, and in a little time they are cut down by death, and wither away; and while they live, are, in a good measure, nothing but grass in another form; the substance of their life is greatly by it; what is the flesh they eat, but grass turned into it? and this mortality is not only the case of wicked men, as the Jews (l) interpret the word, but of good men; even of the prophets, and preachers of the Gospel; and yet the word of God spoken by them continues for ever: the passage referred to is in Isaiah 40:6.

and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass; all outward things which are in esteem with men, and render them glorious to one another, as riches, honour, wisdom, strength, external righteousness, holiness, and goodness; all which are fading and transitory, like the flower of the field; but the Gospel continues, and reveals durable riches, and honour with Christ; and true wisdom and strength with him, and spiritual knowledge, in comparison of which, all things are dross and dung; and an everlasting righteousness; and true holiness in him: some have thought respect may be had to the legal dispensation, and to all the glory and stateliness and goodliness of the worship and ordinances of it, which were to endure but for a time, and are now removed; and the Gospel dispensation has taken place of them, which will continue to the end of the world:

the grass withereth, and the flower thereof fadeth away; and so fading are all the above things,

(l) Targum, Jarchi, & Kimchi, in Isaiah 40.6. 24. Scripture proof that the word of God lives for ever, in contrast to man's natural frailty. If ye were born again of flesh, corruptible seed, ye must also perish again as the grass; but now that from which you have derived life remains eternally, and so also will render you eternal.

flesh—man in his mere earthly nature.

as—omitted in some of the oldest manuscripts.

of man—The oldest manuscripts read, "of it" (that is, of the flesh). "The glory" is the wisdom, strength, riches, learning, honor, beauty, art, virtue, and righteousness of the NATURAL man (expressed by "flesh"), which all are transitory (Joh 3:6), not OF MAN (as English Version reads) absolutely, for the glory of man, in his true ideal realized in the believer, is eternal.

withereth—Greek, aorist: literally, "withered," that is, is withered as a thing of the past. So also the Greek for "falleth" is "fell away," that is, is fallen away: it no sooner is than it is gone.

thereof—omitted in the best manuscripts and versions. "The grass" is the flesh: "the flower" its glory.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.
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