1 Peter 2:19
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New International Version
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

New Living Translation
For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.

English Standard Version
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.

Berean Study Bible
For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended.

Berean Literal Bible
For this is acceptable, if for sake of conscience toward God, anyone endures griefs, suffering unjustly.

New American Standard Bible
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.

King James Bible
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it brings favor if, mindful of God's will, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly.

International Standard Version
For it is a fine thing if, when moved by your conscience to please God, you suffer patiently when wronged.

NET Bible
For this finds God's favor, if because of conscience toward God someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly.

New Heart English Bible
For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For such servants have grace before God who, for the sake of a good conscience, endure distresses which come upon them by The Evil One.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God is pleased if a person is aware of him while enduring the pains of unjust suffering.

New American Standard 1977
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this is due to grace, if a man for conscience toward God endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

King James 2000 Bible
For this is commendable, if a man for conscience toward God endures grief, suffering wrongfully.

American King James Version
For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

American Standard Version
For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this is thankworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.

Darby Bible Translation
For this [is] acceptable, if one, for conscience sake towards God, endure griefs, suffering unjustly.

English Revised Version
For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience towards God endureth grief, suffering wrongfully.

Weymouth New Testament
For it is an acceptable thing with God, if, from a sense of duty to Him, a man patiently submits to wrong, when treated unjustly.

World English Bible
For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.

Young's Literal Translation
for this is gracious, if because of conscience toward God any one doth endure sorrows, suffering unrighteously;
Study Bible
Submission to Authorities
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. 19For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended. 20How is it to your credit if you are beaten for doing wrong and you endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.…
Cross References
Romans 13:5
Therefore, it is necessary to submit to authority, not only to avoid punishment, but also as a matter of conscience.

Hebrews 10:2
If it could, would not the offerings have ceased? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all and would no longer feel the guilt of their sins.

1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear their intimidation; do not be shaken."

1 Peter 3:16
keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you will be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ.

1 Peter 4:15
Indeed, none of you should suffer as a murderer or thief or wrongdoer, or even as a meddler.
Treasury of Scripture

For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

this.

1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you …

Luke 6:32 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners …

thankworthy. or, thank.

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 8:1 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

for conscience.

1 Peter 3:14-17 But and if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and …

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for …

John 15:21 But all these things will they do to you for my name's sake, because …

Romans 13:5 Why you must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

suffering.

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully …

Psalm 35:19 Let not them that are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither …

Psalm 38:19 But my enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate …

Psalm 69:4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: …

Psalm 119:86 All your commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help you me.

(19) For this is thankworthy.--"This," viz., what goes before, which is further explained in what follows. Quite literally it is, for this is grace, or else (for, like grce in French, 'the word has the double signification) this is thanks. The passage has some little importance in controversy, as some of the older Roman Catholic divines pressed it into the service of the supererogation theory. "This is grace," they said, means "this deserves grace as its reward." It is needless to point out how shallow a view of duty is implied in the thought that it was more than duty to be thus submissive. Still taking the first translation, others would interpret, "this is a mark of grace"--i.e., shows that you are Christians indeed; or, "this is a gift of grace"--i.e., a supernatural and heroic virtue, such as must have come from God, and not from you." These two interpretations make good sense in themselves, but they seem not to suit the context ("what glory is it") quite so well as our authorised rendering, and they ignore the sayings of our Lord, which must certainly have been in St. Peter's mind, recorded in Luke 6:27-35, especially Luke 6:32-34, and again in Luke 17:9. The thought is that where duty is both obvious and easy (as is the case with good masters), people do not lavish gratitude for the performance of it. The best of masters hardly feels grateful to the best of servants for doing his duty, though he will be grateful for the spirit and manner in which it is done. Here the "thanks" are put quite generally, as in the first passage in St. Luke: "this is a matter for thanks." It does not say as yet who is to pay the thanks, and we may naturally conclude that the master so served, and all who are cognisant of the service, are the persons meant.

For conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.--This does not mean "if a man is afflicted for his religion's sake." Rather, the conscience towards God, or, perhaps, rather, consciousness of God, is thrown in to guard against any false theory that patience by itself is a thankworthy thing. However unjust the man's treatment may be, and however little he may resent it in act, it is not thankworthy unless his resignation be grounded on consciousness of God's presence. A resignation which comes from stolid want of feeling, or stoical fatalism, or from the sense that it is no good to seek redress--such resignation is sinfully defective. The two necessary qualifications, before patience can become in any sense meritorious, are (1) that the suffering should be undeserved, (2) that the man should recognise in it the hand of God.

Verse 19. - For this is thankworthy; literally, this is grace (comp. Luke 6:32, Ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; "What thank have ye?" where the parallel passage in St. Matthew is Τίνα μισθὸν ἔχετε; "What reward have ye?"). A comparison of these passages seems to show that χάρις and μισθός are used in a similar sense as expressive of God's condescending love. In his gracious tenderness he speaks of reward, though we deserve only punishment; he even speaks of thanks, though we deserve only condemnation. Other possible explanations are, "This is the work of God's grace;" or, "This is lovely;" or, "This is favor;" or "This implies" or "This causes favor with God." If a man for conscience toward God; literally, for conscience of God; that is, consciousness of God's presence, of his will, of our duties to him. This is better than to take the genitive as subjective, and to interpret, "because of the consciousness of God," because he sees and knows all that we do and say and think (comp. 1 Corinthians 8:7, where "conscience of the idol" seems to mean a belief or half-belief in the real existence of the god supposed to be represented by the idol). Endure grief, suffering wrongfully; literally, griefs, λύπας (comp. λυπηθέντες, 1 Peter 1:6). St. Peter echoes our Lord's teaching in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:39). For this is thankworthy,.... Or "grace"; this is a fruit and effect of grace, an instance of it, in which it shows itself: the Syriac version adds, "with God"; and so it is read in one of Beza's copies, and in the Alexandrian copy, and some others; that is, this is grateful to God, and acceptable with him; as in 1 Peter 2:20,

if a man for conscience towards God; or, "for a good conscience", as the Syriac version reads it; for acting according to his conscience, in matters of religion, in the things of God; "for the knowledge of God", as the Arabic version renders it; for the knowledge of God in Christ; for the Gospel of Christ, and a profession of it: or, "for God", as the Ethiopic version; for the cause of God and truth, and for the sake of things appertaining to God, and that make for his glory:

endure grief; what occasions grief, as severe words, bitter reproaches, hard censures, and heavy blows; and that with patience, and without murmuring, and with resignation to the will of God:

suffering wrongfully; there being no just cause for an ill look, word, or blow, to be given. 19. Reason for subjection even to froward masters.

thankworthy—(Lu 6:33). A course out of the common, and especially praiseworthy in the eyes of God: not as Rome interprets, earning merit, and so a work of supererogation (compare 1Pe 2:20).

for conscience toward God—literally, "consciousness of God": from a conscientious regard to God, more than to men.

endure—Greek, "patiently bear up under": as a superimposed burden [Alford].

grief—Greek, "griefs."2:18-25 Servants in those days generally were slaves, and had heathen masters, who often used them cruelly; yet the apostle directs them to be subject to the masters placed over them by Providence, with a fear to dishonour or offend God. And not only to those pleased with reasonable service, but to the severe, and those angry without cause. The sinful misconduct of one relation, does not justify sinful behaviour in the other; the servant is bound to do his duty, though the master may be sinfully froward and perverse. But masters should be meek and gentle to their servants and inferiors. What glory or distinction could it be, for professed Christians to be patient when corrected for their faults? But if when they behaved well they were ill treated by proud and passionate heathen masters, yet bore it without peevish complaints, or purposes of revenge, and persevered in their duty, this would be acceptable to God as a distinguishing effect of his grace, and would be rewarded by him. Christ's death was designed not only for an example of patience under sufferings, but he bore our sins; he bore the punishment of them, and thereby satisfied Divine justice. Hereby he takes them away from us. The fruits of Christ's sufferings are the death of sin, and a new holy life of righteousness; for both which we have an example, and powerful motives, and ability to perform also, from the death and resurrection of Christ. And our justification; Christ was bruised and crucified as a sacrifice for our sins, and by his stripes the diseases of our souls are cured. Here is man's sin; he goes astray; it is his own act. His misery; he goes astray from the pasture, from the Shepherd, and from the flock, and so exposes himself to dangers without number. Here is the recovery by conversion; they are now returned as the effect of Divine grace. This return is, from all their errors and wanderings, to Christ. Sinners, before their conversion, are always going astray; their life is a continued error.
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