1 Peter 2:21
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New International Version
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

New Living Translation
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

English Standard Version
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.

New American Standard Bible
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

King James Bible
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.

International Standard Version
This is, in fact, what you were called to do, because: The Messiah also suffered for you and left an example for you to follow in his steps.

NET Bible
For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you are called to this, for even The Messiah died for our sake and left us this example, that you would walk in his steps,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God called you to endure suffering because Christ suffered for you. He left you an example so that you could follow in his footsteps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because for this were ye called: for the Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps

King James 2000 Bible
For even to this were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:

American King James Version
For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:

American Standard Version
For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.

Darby Bible Translation
For to this have ye been called; for Christ also has suffered for you, leaving you a model that ye should follow in his steps:

English Revised Version
For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Webster's Bible Translation
For even to this were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Weymouth New Testament
And it is to this you were called; because Christ also suffered on your behalf, leaving you an example so that you should follow in His steps.

World English Bible
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example, that you should follow his steps,

Young's Literal Translation
for to this ye were called, because Christ also did suffer for you, leaving to you an example, that ye may follow his steps,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - For even hereunto were ye called; that is, to do good and to suffer patiently (comp. 1 Thessalonians 3:3). Omit "even," for which there is no authority. St. Peter is speaking of slaves, but what he says of slaves is true in some sense of all Christians (comp. Acts 14:22). Because Christ also suffered for us; rather, for you, with the oldest manuscripts. You do not suffer alone; Christ also suffered, and that for you slaves, on your behalf. "Christ himself," says Bengel, "was treated as a slave; he deigns to exhibit his own conduct as an example to slaves." Leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. The oldest manuscripts have the second person here in both places. Leaving (ὑολιμπάνων), leaving behind; Bengel says, "in abitu ad pattern." The Greek for "example" is ὑπογραμμός ( α word which occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means a copy set by a writing or drawing master, which was to be exactly reproduced by his pupils (see 2 Macc. 2:28, in the Greek). The life of Christ is our model. In particular St. Peter urges us to imitate the Lord's patience in suffering undeserved afflictions. In the last clause the figure is changed to that of a guide along a difficult route, so difficult that those who follow must put their feet in his footprints. We should follow his steps, one by one, closely following him, as the word ἐπακολουθήσητε means (comp. Mark 16:20; 1 Timothy 5:10, 24).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For even hereunto were ye called,.... Both to well doing, of which none but those who are called with an holy and effectual calling are capable; and which they are fitted for, and are under obligation to perform, and to suffer for so doing, which they must always expect, and to patience in suffering for it, which highly becomes them. This being then one end of the saints' effectual calling, is made use of as an argument to engage them to the exercise of the grace of patience in suffering for well doing; and another follows:

because Christ also suffered for us; in our room and stead, to fulfil the law, satisfy the justice of God, and make reconciliation for sin; and not only for our good, or merely as a martyr, to confirm the truth of his doctrine, or barely as an example to us, though this also is true: the Alexandrian copy, and some others, read, "for you"; for you servants, as well as others, and therefore should cheerfully and patiently suffer for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel; and the rather, because he suffered,

leaving us, or "you", as the same copies, and the Vulgate Latin version read,

an example that ye should follow his steps: Christ is an example to his people in the exercise of grace, as of faith, love, zeal, meekness, and humility; and in the discharge of duty, in his regard to the commands of the moral law, and positive institutions of religion; in his constancy in prayer; in frequent attendance on public worship; in his submission to the ordinance of baptism, and his celebration of the supper; and likewise in his sufferings; and in his meekness, patience, courage, and resignation to the will of God, which is what is here intended, and in which his people are to fellow and imitate him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. Christ's example a proof that patient endurance under undeserved sufferings is acceptable with God.

hereunto—to the patient endurance of unmerited suffering (1Pe 3:9). Christ is an example to servants, even as He was once in "the form of a servant."

called—with a heavenly calling, though slaves.

for us—His dying for us is the highest exemplification of "doing well" (1Pe 2:20). Ye must patiently suffer, being innocent, as Christ also innocently suffered (not for Himself, but for us). The oldest manuscripts for "us … us," read, "you … for you." Christ's sufferings, while they are for an example, were also primarily sufferings "for us," a consideration which imposes an everlasting obligation on us to please Him.

leaving—behind: so the Greek: on His departure to the Father, to His glory.

an example—Greek, "a copy," literally, "a writing copy" set by masters for their pupils. Christ's precepts and sermons were the transcript of His life. Peter graphically sets before servants those features especially suited to their case.

follow—close upon: so the Greek.

his steps—footsteps, namely, of His patience combined with innocence.

1 Peter 2:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christ's Example of Suffering
21For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;…
Cross References
Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Acts 14:22
strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

1 Peter 4:1
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

1 Peter 4:13
But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

1 John 2:6
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Treasury of Scripture

For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps:

even.

Matthew 10:38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Mark 8:34,35 And when he had called the people to him with his disciples also, …

Luke 9:23-25 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny …

Luke 14:26,27 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. …

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

1 Thessalonians 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves …

1 Thessalonians 4:2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

because.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

1 Peter 4:1 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm …

Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen …

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, …

for us. Some read, for you.

1 Peter 1:20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but …

leaving.

Psalm 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

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