1 Peter 2:17
Verse (Click for Chapter)
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.

Berean Study Bible
Treat everyone with high regard: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Berean Literal Bible
Honor everyone: love the brotherhood, fear God, Honor the king.

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.

New Heart English Bible
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. 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.

New American Standard 1977
Honor all men; love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

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.
Study Bible
Submission to Authorities
16Live in freedom, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Treat everyone with high regard: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 18Servants, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but even to those who are unreasonable.…
Cross References
Proverbs 24:21
My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those who are given to change,

Matthew 22:21
"Caesar's," they answered. So Jesus told them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.

Romans 13:7
Pay everyone what you owe him: taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.

1 Peter 1:22
Since you have purified your souls by obedience to the truth, so that you have a genuine love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from a pure heart.

1 Peter 2:13
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to the king 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 …

(17) Honour all men.--"These words have very briefly, and yet not obscured by briefness, but withal very plainly, the sum of our duty towards God and men; to men, both in general, honour all men, and in special relations, in their Christian or religious relations, love the brotherhood; and in a chief civil relation, honour the king. And our whole duty to God, comprised under the name of His fear, is set in the middle betwixt these, as the common spring of all duty to men, and of all due observance of it, and the sovereign rule by which it is to be regulated" (Leighton). St. Paul had said that this honour was to be paid to those to whom it was due; St. Peter says that this includes all men; there is not one who can be entirely despised, not one who has quite lost the likeness of Christ; Jews are not at liberty to despise even the idolatrous Gentiles.

Love the brotherhood.--See 1Peter 5:9, and Note on 1Peter 1:22. The brotherhood means, of course, all Christian men, who (mystically even now that the Church is divided, but then actually) formed a single confraternity. "All men," Christian or heathen, are to be "honoured," but there is a special sense in which love is only possible between fellow-Christians. For the converse proposition, see Matthew 5:44.

Fear God.--This enforces reverence for every law and ordinance of God, and therefore serves fitly to introduce the next precept. Rebellion against Nero is rebellion against God (Romans 13:2. Bengel compares Proverbs 24:21).

Honour the king.--This is the climax. Logically, the foregoing commands have only been inserted for the purpose of bringing out this last more clearly. This was the point on which the Christian religion was assailed, and the putting the readers through their catechism (as it were) of duties in other respects awakes their conscience to receive this precept. 1Peter 2:13-16 have insisted on the duty of political submission, and then the writer steps back, so to speak, for a final thrust: "so--as to all men you must pay reverence; as to the Christians, love; as to God, fear--so to the emperor you must pay constant reverence." It is hardly right to say with Bengel that this paragraph is specially written because of the usual disaffection of Jews towards the Roman government; rather it is called for (like the warning of 1Peter 2:11-12), not by any special temptation within them, but by the particular circumstances of the time, i.e., the calumnies that were afloat against Christians.

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. 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. 1.17. 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.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.
Jump to Previous
Believers Brotherhood Emperor Fear Fearing Honor Honour Honouring Love Proper Respect Shew Show
Jump to Next
Believers Brotherhood Emperor Fear Fearing Honor Honour Honouring Love Proper Respect Shew Show
Links
1 Peter 2:17 NIV
1 Peter 2:17 NLT
1 Peter 2:17 ESV
1 Peter 2:17 NASB
1 Peter 2:17 KJV

1 Peter 2:17 Biblia Paralela
1 Peter 2:17 Chinese Bible
1 Peter 2:17 French Bible
1 Peter 2:17 German Bible

Alphabetical: all believers brotherhood everyone fear God honor king Love of people proper respect Show the to

NT Letters: 1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men (1 Pet. 1P iP i Pet) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
1 Peter 2:16
Top of Page
Top of Page