1 Peter 3:11
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New International Version
They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

New Living Translation
Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

English Standard Version
let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.

New American Standard Bible
"HE MUST TURN AWAY FROM EVIL AND DO GOOD; HE MUST SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT.

King James Bible
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and he must turn away from evil and do what is good. He must seek peace and pursue it,

International Standard Version
He must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it.

NET Bible
And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let him move away from wickedness and let him do good; let him seek peace and run after it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They must turn away from evil and do good. They must seek peace and pursue it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
let him separate himself from evil and do good; let him seek peace and follow it.

King James 2000 Bible
Let him turn away from evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and pursue it.

American King James Version
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

American Standard Version
And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek after peace and pursue it:

Darby Bible Translation
And let him avoid evil, and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it;

English Revised Version
And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let him shun evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and pursue it.

Weymouth New Testament
Let him turn from evil, and do good; Let him inquire for peace and go in pursuit of it.

World English Bible
Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

Young's Literal Translation
let him turn aside from evil, and do good, let him seek peace and pursue it;
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 11. - Let him eschew evil, and do good; literally, let him turn away from evil. Let him seek peace, and ensue it. Let him seek it as a hidden treasure, and pursue it as if it might escape from him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let him eschew evil,.... Avoid all kinds of evil, hate it, abstain from the appearance of it, and have no fellowship with it; and particularly should avoid rendering evil for evil, or taking revenge on persons for doing him ill:

and do good; everything that is good, all good works, according to the will of God, in the exercise of faith, from a principle of love, and with a view to the glory of God; and without trusting to them, and depending upon them for life and salvation; and particularly do good for evil; do good to all men, acts of kindness and beneficence, even to enemies, and especially to them that are of the household of faith. The Jewish interpreters (w) on the psalm from whence these words are taken observe, that in the first of these clauses are contained all the negative precepts, whose number with them is three hundred, sixty, and five; and in the latter of them, all the affirmative precepts, which amount to two hundred and forty eight:

let him seek peace and ensue it: "or pursue it"; let him seek after it, in the world, and with all men, as much as possible, yea, with his very enemies; and live a peaceable and quiet life, in the kingdom, city, town, and neighbourhood where he is; and particularly in the church of God, and with the saints; which he should seek with all diligence and eagerness, and pursue with all rigour to the utmost of his power; and endeavour to cultivate all he can, and follow the things which make for it. The note of one of the Jewish commentators (x) on this passage is, "seek peace", in thine own place; "and pursue it", in another place,

(w) Aben Ezra & Kimchi in Psal. xxxiv. 14. (x) Jarchi.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. In oldest manuscripts, Greek, "Moreover (besides his words, in acts), let him."

eschew—"turn from."

ensue—pursue as a thing hard to attain, and that flees from one in this troublesome world.

1 Peter 3:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Turn from Evil
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. 12"FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE TOWARD THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ATTEND TO THEIR PRAYER, BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL."…
Cross References
Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Treasury of Scripture

Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

eschew.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man …

Job 2:3 And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that …

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD …

Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

John 17:15 I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you …

do.

Psalm 125:4 Do good, O LORD, to those that be good, and to them that are upright …

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for …

Mark 14:7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you …

Luke 6:9,35 Then said Jesus to them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on …

Romans 7:19,21 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do…

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

1 Timothy 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

seek.

Psalm 120:6,7 My soul has long dwelled with him that hates peace…

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through …

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded …

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

Romans 14:17,19 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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