1 Peter 3:10
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New International Version
For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

New Living Translation
For the Scriptures say, "If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

English Standard Version
For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;

New American Standard Bible
For, "THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT.

King James Bible
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit,

International Standard Version
"For the person who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.

NET Bible
For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, whoever desires life and loves to see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips that they do not speak deceit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"People who want to live a full life and enjoy good days must keep their tongues from saying evil things, and their lips from speaking deceitful things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he that desires to love life and see the good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile;

King James 2000 Bible
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

American King James Version
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

American Standard Version
For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.

Darby Bible Translation
For he that will love life and see good days, let him cause his tongue to cease from evil and his lips that they speak no guile.

English Revised Version
For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile:

Webster's Bible Translation
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him restrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Weymouth New Testament
For "He who wishes to be well-satisfied with life and see happy days-- let him restrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from deceitful words;

World English Bible
For, "He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit.

Young's Literal Translation
for 'he who is willing to love life, and to see good days, let him guard his tongue from evil, and his lips -- not to speak guile;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:8-13 Though Christians cannot always be exactly of the same mind, yet they should have compassion one of another, and love as brethren. If any man desires to live comfortably on earth, or to possess eternal life in heaven, he must bridle his tongue from wicked, abusive, or deceitful words. He must forsake and keep far from evil actions, do all the good he can, and seek peace with all men. For God, all-wise and every where present, watches over the righteous, and takes care of them. None could or should harm those who copied the example of Christ, who is perfect goodness, and did good to others as his followers.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - For he that will love life; literally, he that willeth to love life. St. Peter deviates somewhat from the Septuagint Version of Psalm 34:12-16, which he is quoting. The literal rendering of it is, "What man is he that desireth life, loving good days?" His connection of the participle θέλων with ἀγαπᾶν is remarkable. Perhaps the meaning is best given by Bengel, "Qui vult ita vivere, nt ipsum non taedeat vitro" - " Who wishes to live so that he will not weary of life;" so that he may love it, so that he may have a life really worth living. There is a love of life which can only lead to the loss of the true life (John 12:25). St. Peter is teaching us to love life wisely, not with that selfish love which Christ condemns. And see good days. Not necessarily in outward prosperity, but in the favor of God; days of suffering may be good days in the truest souse. Let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. We have here the usual parallelism of Hebrew poetry. The word "refrain" (παυσάτω, literally, "let him make it cease") implies a natural tendency to sins against charity.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he that will love life,.... This, with what follows here and in the two next verses, are taken out of Psalm 34:12 and are produced as a proof of what is before said; that it is a good man's duty not to do or speak evil in return for what is done or said to him; but on the contrary, it becomes him to avoid evil, do good, and seek peace as much as possible, and leave it with a righteous God to vindicate him and his cause, who will not fail to do it; and that such shall inherit the blessing both here and hereafter: in the psalm, these words are put by way of question, "what man is he that desireth life?" that wills it with pleasure, that loves it with a love of complacency and delight? and which is to be understood, not of natural life; for what man is there that do not love that? love of a natural life is natural to men; it is a first principle in nature to desire life, and a preservation of it, and to a great length; a man will give all that he has for it, as Satan said, Job 2:4, but both of a spiritual life, a life of faith on Christ, communion with him, and holiness from him; the life of God, or to live soberly, righteously, and godly, which carnal men are alienated from, and enemies to, and cannot desire, only spiritual men; and of an eternal one; and so some of the Jewish interpreters (u) understand by life and good days, in the psalm, such as are both in this world, and in that which is to come:

and see good days; not the days of this life, which are evil, even the days of a good man, Genesis 47:9 and the more so, the longer he lives; for the days of old age are evil days, in which there is no pleasure, Ecclesiastes 12:1, unless such days are meant, in which much good is done to the honour and glory of God, and in which gracious souls enjoy much of God, and see and taste of his grace and goodness in the land of the living; though, rather, the good days of eternity, even length of days for ever and ever, which holy men of God shall see, and enjoy in the other world, when they shall be possessed of fulness of joy, and of pleasure for evermore: in the psalm it is, "and loveth many days, that he may see good"; desires a blessed eternity of good things:

let him refrain his tongue from evil; bridle that unruly member, which has a world of iniquity in it; let him keep it as with a bit, from the vices incident to it; from all obscene words, filthy and corrupt communication, whatever is unsavoury and unedifying; from lying, cursing, swearing, and particularly from railing and evil speaking, in return for such language, which is chiefly meant; as well as from belching out blasphemies against God, and damnable heresies among men; for whoever would be thought a religious man, and lays no restraint on his tongue, his religion is a vain thing, James 1:26 and his lips that they speak no guile; as flatterers do, who speak that with their mouth which does not agree with their heart, and so beguile and deceive persons; and as false teachers, who use dishonest arts, walk in craftiness, handle the word of God deceitfully, use ambiguous phrases, and words of double meaning, and with their good words, and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the simple but such things do not become persons that seek for glory, honour, and immortality; that profess to be Israelites indeed; in these guile should not be found in their lips, nor in their lives,

(u) Kimchi in Psal. xxxiv. 17.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. will love—Greek, "wishes to love." He who loves life (present and eternal), and desires to continue to do so, not involving himself in troubles which will make this life a burden, and cause him to forfeit eternal life. Peter confirms his exhortation, 1Pe 3:9, by Ps 34:12-16.

refrain—curb, literally, "cause to cease"; implying that our natural inclination and custom is to speak evil. "Men commonly think that they would be exposed to the wantonness of their enemies if they did not strenuously vindicate their rights. But the Spirit promises a life of blessedness to none but those who are gentle and patient of evils" [Calvin].

evil … guile—First he warns against sins of the tongue, evil-speaking, and deceitful, double-tongued speaking; next, against acts of injury to one's neighbor.

1 Peter 3:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Turn from Evil
9not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. 10For, "THE ONE WHO DESIRES LIFE, TO LOVE AND SEE GOOD DAYS, MUST KEEP HIS TONGUE FROM EVIL AND HIS LIPS FROM SPEAKING DECEIT. 11"HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.…
Cross References
Psalm 34:12
Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

Psalm 34:13
keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
Treasury of Scripture

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

he. See on

Psalm 34:12-16 What man is he that desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good…

love.

Deuteronomy 32:47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and …

Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yes, all that …

Proverbs 3:2,18 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you…

Proverbs 4:22 For they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 8:35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.

Matthew 19:17 And he said to him, Why call you me good? there is none good but …

Mark 8:35 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whoever shall lose …

John 12:25 He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hates his life …

see.

Job 7:7,8 O remember that my life is wind: my eye shall no more see good…

Job 9:25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.

Job 33:28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall …

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD …

Psalm 49:19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

Psalm 106:5 That I may see the good of your chosen, that I may rejoice in the …

Ecclesiastes 2:3 I sought in my heart to give myself to wine, yet acquainting my heart …

Matthew 13:16,17 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear…

refrain. See on

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

James 3:1-10 My brothers, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the …

speak.

1 Peter 2:1,22 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

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

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

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