1 Peter 2:1
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New International Version
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

New Living Translation
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.

English Standard Version
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander,

King James Bible
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.

International Standard Version
Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.

NET Bible
So get rid of all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, put away from you all wickedness, all treachery, partiality, envy and slander,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So get rid of every kind of evil, every kind of deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Having therefore left all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envies and all murmurings,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,

American King James Version
Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,

American Standard Version
Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions,

Darby Bible Translation
Laying aside therefore all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings and all evil speakings,

English Revised Version
Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings,

Weymouth New Testament
Rid yourselves therefore of all ill-will and all deceitfulness, of insincerity and envy, and of all evil speaking.

World English Bible
Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking,

Young's Literal Translation
Having put aside, then, all evil, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envyings, and all evil speakings,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-10 Evil-speaking is a sign of malice and guile in the heart; and hinders our profiting by the word of God. A new life needs suitable food. Infants desire milk, and make the best endeavours for it which they are able to do; such must be a Christian's desires after the word of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is very merciful to us miserable sinners; and he has a fulness of grace. But even the best of God's servants, in this life, have only a taste of the consolations of God. Christ is called a Stone, to teach his servants that he is their protection and security, the foundation on which they are built. He is precious in the excellence of his nature, the dignity of his office, and the glory of his services. All true believers are a holy priesthood; sacred to God, serviceable to others, endowed with heavenly gifts and graces. But the most spiritual sacrifices of the best in prayer and praise are not acceptable, except through Jesus Christ. Christ is the chief Corner-stone, that unites the whole number of believers into one everlasting temple, and bears the weight of the whole fabric. Elected, or chosen, for a foundation that is everlasting. Precious beyond compare, by all that can give worth. To be built on Christ means, to believe in him; but in this many deceive themselves, they consider not what it is, nor the necessity of it, to partake of the salvation he has wrought. Though the frame of the world were falling to pieces, that man who is built on this foundation may hear it without fear. He shall not be confounded. The believing soul makes haste to Christ, but it never finds cause to hasten from him. All true Christians are a chosen generation; they make one family, a people distinct from the world: of another spirit, principle, and practice; which they could never be, if they were not chosen in Christ to be such, and sanctified by his Spirit. Their first state is a state of gross darkness, but they are called out of darkness into a state of joy, pleasure, and prosperity; that they should show forth the praises of the Lord by their profession of his truth, and their good conduct. How vast their obligations to Him who has made them his people, and has shown mercy to them! To be without this mercy is a woful state, though a man have all worldly enjoyments. And there is nothing that so kindly works repentance, as right thoughts of the mercy and love of God. Let us not dare to abuse and affront the free grace of God, if we mean to be saved by it; but let all who would be found among those who obtain mercy, walk as his people.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Wherefore laying aside. Those who would wear the white robe of regeneration must lay aside the filthy garments (Zechariah 3:3) of the old carnal life. So St. Paul bids us put off the old man and put on the new (Ephesians 4:22, 24; Colossians 3:8, 10; comp. also Romans 13:14, "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." The metaphor would be more striking when, at baptism, the old dress was laid aside, and the white chrisom was put on. St. Paul connects the putting on of Christ with baptism in Galatians 3:27, and St. Peter, when speaking of baptism in 1 Peter 3:21, uses the substantive (ἀπόθεσις) corresponding to the word here rendered "laying aside" (ἀποθέμενοι). All malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings. The sins mentioned here are all offences against that "unfeigned love of the brethren" which formed the subject of St. Peter's exhortation in the latter part of 1 Peter 1. St. Augustine, quoted here by most commentators, says, "Malitia malo delectatur alieno; invidia bone cruciatur alieno; dolus duplicat; adulatio duplicat linguam; detrectatio vulnerat famam" (comp. Ephesians 4:22-31); the close resemblance between the two passages proves St. Peter's knowledge of the Epistle to the Ephesians.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore, laying aside all malice,.... Since the persons the apostle writes to were born again, and therefore ought to love one another, he exhorts them to the disuse of such vices as were disagreeable to their character as regenerate men, and contrary brotherly love; he dissuades them from them, and advises to "lay them aside", either as weights and burdens, which it was not fit for new born babes to carry; see Hebrews 12:1 or rather as old worn out clothes, as filthy rags, which should be put off, laid by, and never used more, being what were very unsuitable to their character and profession to wear: the metaphor is the same as in Ephesians 4:22 and the first he mentions is malice; to live in which is a mark of an unregenerate man, and very unbecoming such who are born again; and is not consistent with the relation of brethren, and character of children, or new born babes, who are without malice, and do not bear and retain it: "all" of this is to be laid aside, towards all persons whatever, and in every shape, and in every instance of it:

and all guile; fraud, or deceit, in words or actions; and which should not be found, and appear in any form, in Israelites indeed, in brethren, in the children of God; who ought not to lie one to another, or defraud each other, nor express that with their lips which they have not in their hearts; which babes are free from, and so should babes in Christ:

and hypocrisies; both to God and men: hypocrisy to God is, when persons profess that which they have not, as love to God, faith in Christ, zeal for religion, fervent devotion, and sincerity in the worship of God; and do all they do to be seen of men, and appear outwardly righteous, and yet are full of all manner of iniquity: hypocrisy to men is, pretence of friendship, loving in word and tongue only, speaking peaceably with the mouth, but in heart laying wait; a sin to be abhorred and detested by one that is born from above; and is contrary to that integrity, simplicity, and sincerity of heart, which become regenerate persons, the children of God, and brethren one of another:

and envies; at each other's happiness and prosperity, riches, honours, gifts temporal or spiritual; for such are works of the flesh, show men to be carnal, are unbecoming regenerated persons, and contrary to the exercise of Christian charity, or love, which envieth not the welfare of others, either respecting body, soul, or estate:

and all evil speakings; backbitings, whisperings, detractions, hurting one another's characters by innuendos, false charges, and evil surmises; which is not acting like men that are made new creatures, and are partakers of the divine nature, nor like brethren, or as Christ's little ones, and who are of God, begotten again to be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 2

1Pe 2:1-25. Exhortations.

To guileless feeding on the word by the sense of their privileges as new-born babes, living stones in the spiritual temple built on Christ the chief corner-stone, and royal priests, in contrast to their former state: also to abstinence from fleshly lusts, and to walk worthily in all relations of life, so that the world without which opposes them may be constrained to glorify God in seeing their good works. Christ, the grand pattern to follow in patience under suffering for well-doing.

1. laying aside—once for all: so the Greek aorist expresses as a garment put off. The exhortation applies to Christians alone, for in none else is the new nature existing which, as "the inward man" (Eph 3:16) can cast off the old as an outward thing, so that the Christian, through the continual renewal of his inward man, can also exhibit himself externally as a new man. But to unbelievers the demand is addressed, that inwardly, in regard to the nous (mind), they must become changed, meta-noeisthai (re-pent) [Steiger]. The "therefore" resumes the exhortation begun in 1Pe 1:22. Seeing that ye are born again of an incorruptible seed, be not again entangled in evil, which "has no substantial being, but is an acting in contrariety to the being formed in us" [Theophylact]. "Malice," &c., are utterly inconsistent with the "love of the brethren," unto which ye have "purified your souls" (1Pe 1:22). The vices here are those which offend against the BROTHERLY LOVE inculcated above. Each succeeding one springs out of that which immediately precedes, so as to form a genealogy of the sins against love. Out of malice springs guile; out of guile, hypocrises (pretending to be what we are not, and not showing what we really are; the opposite of "love unfeigned," and "without dissimulation"); out of hypocrisies, envies of those to whom we think ourselves obliged to play the hypocrite; out of envies, evil-speaking, malicious, envious detraction of others. Guile is the permanent disposition; hypocrisies the acts flowing from it. The guileless knows no envy. Compare 1Pe 2:2, "sincere," Greek, "guileless." "Malice delights in another's hurt; envy pines at another's good; guile imparts duplicity to the heart; hypocrisy (flattery) imparts duplicity to the tongue; evil-speakings wound the character of another" [Augustine].

1 Peter 2:1 Additional Commentaries
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The Lord is Good
1Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 12:20
For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.

Ephesians 4:22
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

Ephesians 4:25
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Ephesians 4:31
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

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 4:11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.
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Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,

Wherefore.

1 Peter 1:18-25 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

laying.

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

Isaiah 2:20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of …

Isaiah 30:22 You shall defile also the covering of your graven images of silver, …

Ezekiel 18:31,32 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast …

Ephesians 4:22-25 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, …

Colossians 3:5-8 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

Hebrews 12:1 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

James 1:21 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brothers, lest you be condemned: …

malice.

1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, …

1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with …

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be …

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, …

Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

guile.

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his …

Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes not iniquity, and in …

Psalm 34:13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault …

hypocrisies.

Job 36:13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he binds them.

Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye…

Matthew 15:7 You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

Matthew 23:28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you …

Matthew 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: …

Mark 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, …

Luke 6:42 Either how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me pull out …

Luke 11:44 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are as graves …

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

envies.

1 Samuel 18:8,9 And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, …

Psalm 37:1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be you envious against …

Psalm 73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Proverbs 3:31 Envy you not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Proverbs 24:1,19 Be not you envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them…

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

1 Corinthians 3:2,3 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for till now you were …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Galatians 5:21-26 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

James 3:14,16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

James 4:5 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

all evils.

1 Peter 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that you run not with them to the same …

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, …

Colossians 3:8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

1 Timothy 3:11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful …

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

James 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brothers. He that speaks evil of his …

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