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

New Living Translation
Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

English Standard Version
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

New American Standard Bible
Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

King James Bible
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.

International Standard Version
Honor everyone. Keep on loving the community of believers, fearing God, and honoring the king.

NET Bible
Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Honor every person, love your brethren, worship God and honor Kings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Honor everyone. Love your brothers and sisters in the faith. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

King James 2000 Bible
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

American King James Version
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

American Standard Version
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Darby Bible Translation
Shew honour to all, love the brotherhood, fear God, honour the king.

English Revised Version
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Webster's Bible Translation
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Weymouth New Testament
Honour every one. Love the brotherhood, fear God, honour the Emperor.

World English Bible
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Young's Literal Translation
to all give ye honour; the brotherhood love ye; God fear ye; the king honour ye.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:13-17 A Christian conversation must be honest; which it cannot be, if there is not a just and careful discharge of all relative duties: the apostle here treats of these distinctly. Regard to those duties is the will of God, consequently, the Christian's duty, and the way to silence the base slanders of ignorant and foolish men. Christians must endeavour, in all relations, to behave aright, that they do not make their liberty a cloak or covering for any wickedness, or for the neglect of duty; but they must remember that they are servants of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Honor all men. St. Peter illustrates the well-doing which he enjoins in ver. 15, drawing out his general exhortation into four rules of conduct. First, he bids us give honor to all men. The Christians of Asia Minor saw heathenism and vice all around them; they heard of the abominable life of Nero and his courtiers at Rome. They were conscious of a great and elevating change which had passed over themselves; St. Peter has just been enumerating the dignities and privileges of the Christian life. But they must not be lifted up; they must despise no one, but honor in all men the handiwork of God, created after God's own image, though sadly marred and defaced by sin. Respect is due to all men, of course in varying degrees and to be shown in different ways; but in some sense it is due to all, to the humblest and even to the worst. The aorist imperative (τιμήσατε) seems to lay down this principle as a sharp, definite rule, to be accepted at once, and to be applied as need arises, according to the circumstances of each case. The three following imperatives are present; the duties which they prescribe are viewed as continuous, recognized elements in well-doing. There was something new and strange in the command to honor all men; it is expressed forcibly, once for all, by the aorist imperative. Love the brotherhood. The word ἀδελφότης, brotherhood, is peculiar to St. Peter; it stands for the aggregate of Christian brethren regarded as one body in Christ. The Lord bids us "love our enemies." St. Peter's rule does not weaken the force of the Savior's precept. But love must vary in depth and degree according to the varying relations of life; and the love which true Christians feel for the like-minded must be one of its strongest forms. Fear God. Honor the king. The holy fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God as the King of kings will lead us to give due honor to earthly princes, who rule by his controlling providence. It was especially necessary to urge the fear of God as a motive, when the king to be honored was such as Nero.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Honour all men,.... To whom honour is due, according to the place, station, and circumstances in which they are, the gifts of providence and grace bestowed on them, and the usefulness they are of, whether they be Jews or Gentiles, rich or poor, believers or unbelievers: it is a saying of Ben Zoma (e),

"who is to be honoured, or is worthy of honour , "he that honoureth creatures";

meaning men in general, or the Gentiles particularly, who were sometimes so called by the Jews; See Gill on Mark 16:15, and may be meant by "all men" here:

love the brotherhood; or "your brethren", as the Syriac version renders it: the whole company of the brethren in Christ, who are born of God, are members of Christ, and of the same body, and have the same spirit, belong to the same family, and are of the household of faith, let them be of whatsoever nation, or in whatsoever circumstances of life. The Jews had not that good opinion of, nor that affection for the Gentiles, but were ready to treat them with indifference, neglect, and contempt; and not only those that knew not God, but even believing Gentiles themselves; and which is the reason of these exhortations, that they should despise no man, but honour all; and especially should express their love, both by words and deeds, to those that were in the same spiritual relation with them, and that without any difference, on account of their being of another nation:

fear God; not with a servile, but a filial fear, the new covenant grace of fear; which springs from the goodness of God, has that for its object, and is increased by the fresh instances and discoveries of it; and which shows itself in a reverential affection for God, a strict regard to his worship and ordinances, and a carefulness of offending him. This is placed between what goes before, and follows after, to show the influence it has on each of them; for where the fear of God is, there will be due respect shown to all men, more or less, and an hearty and affectionate love to all the saints, as brethren, and a proper regard to those that are set in high places of dignity and power:

honour the king; Caesar, the Roman emperor, though a wicked, persecuting Nero, and so any other king or governor; who, so far as he acts the part of a civil magistrate, preserves the peace, the property, and liberty of his subjects, is a terror to evil works, and an encourager of good ones, and rules according to the laws of God, and civil society, is deserving of great honour and esteem from men; and which is to be shown by speaking well of him; by a cheerful subjection to him; by an observance of the laws, and by payment of tribute, and doing everything to make him easy, and honourable in his government: advice much like this is given by Isocrates (f),

"fear God, honour parents, revere friends, and obey the laws.

(e) Pirke Abot, c. 4. sect. 1.((f) Paraen. ad Demos Orat. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Honour all men—according to whatever honor is due in each case. Equals have a respect due to them. Christ has dignified our humanity by assuming it; therefore we should not dishonor, but be considerate to and honor our common humanity, even in the very humblest. The first "honor" is in the Greek aorist imperative, implying, "In every case render promptly every man's due" [Alford]. The second is in the present tense, implying, Habitually and continually honor the king. Thus the first is the general precept; the three following are its three great divisions.

Love—present: Habitually love with the special and congenial affection that you ought to feel to brethren, besides the general love to all men.

Fear God … the king—The king is to be honored; but God alone, in the highest sense, feared.

1 Peter 2:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Submission to Authorities
16Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 18Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable.…
Cross References
Proverbs 24:21
Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,

Matthew 22:21
"Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

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

Romans 13:7
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

1 Peter 1:22
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.

1 Peter 2:13
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,
Treasury of Scripture

Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

Honour. or, Esteem.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on …

Leviticus 19:32 You shall rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the …

1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, I pray you, before …

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; …

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters …

Love. See on ch.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have …

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

Zechariah 11:14 Then I cut asunder my other staff, even Bands, that I might break …

Fear. See on

Genesis 20:11 And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not …

Genesis 22:12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing …

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding …

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise …

Proverbs 23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD …

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them …

Ecclesiastes 8:2 I counsel you to keep the king's commandment, and that in regard …

Matthew 22:21 They say to him, Caesar's. Then said he to them, Render therefore …

Romans 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Honour.

1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, I have sinned: yet honor me now, I pray you, before …

1 Chronicles 29:20 And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. …

Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them …

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