1 Peter 3:13
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New International Version
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?

New Living Translation
Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good?

English Standard Version
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?

New American Standard Bible
Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

King James Bible
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And who will harm you if you are deeply committed to what is good?

International Standard Version
Who will harm you if you are devoted to doing what is good?

NET Bible
For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And who is he who will do evil to you if you will be zealous for good?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who will harm you if you are devoted to doing what is good?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And who is he that can harm you, if ye are followers of that which is good?

King James 2000 Bible
And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?

American King James Version
And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?

American Standard Version
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?

Darby Bible Translation
And who shall injure you if ye have become imitators of that which [is] good?

English Revised Version
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

Webster's Bible Translation
And who is he that will harm you, if ye are followers of that which is good?

Weymouth New Testament
And who will be able to harm you, if you show yourselves zealous for that which is good?

World English Bible
Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good?

Young's Literal Translation
and who is he who will be doing you evil, if of Him who is good ye may become imitators?
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 13. - And who is he that will harm you? The apostle, as he began his quotation from Psalm 34, without marks of citation, so adds at once his inference from it in the form of a question. The conjunction "and" connects the question with the quotation. If God's eye is over the righteous, and his ear open to their prayers, who shall harm them? St. Peter does not mean - Who will have the heart to harm you? He knew the temper of Jews and heathens; he knew also the Savior's prophecies of coming persecution too well to say that. The words remind us of the Septuagint rendering of Isaiah 50:9, Κύριος βοηθήσει μοι τίς κακώσει με; None can do real harm to the Lord's people; they may persecute them, but he will make all things work together for their good. If ye be followers of that which is good; rather, if ye become zealous of that which is good, with the oldest manuscripts. The Authorized Version adopts the reading μιμηταί, followers or imitators, which is not so well supported. The genitive τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ admits the masculine translation, "of him that is good," but it is probably neuter in this place (comp. ver. 11). With the masculine rendering, comp. Acts 22:3, "and was zealous toward God (ζηλωτὴς ὑπάρχων τοῦ Θεοῦ)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And who is he that will harm you,.... Or "can harm you". God will not; for his eyes are upon the righteous, to protect and defend them, and, his ears are open to their cries, to avenge them; he is on their side, and he is the only lawgiver that is able to save, and to destroy. Christ will not; for when he came the first time, it was not to condemn, but to save; and when he comes a second time, though he will rule the wicked with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces as a potter's vessel; yet his people, who are his jewels, he will spare, as a man spares his only son. Good angels will not; these rejoice at the conversion, and in the salvation of sinful men, encamp about the saints, and are ministering spirits to them: nor the devil; though he would devour, he cannot; for greater is he that is in the saints, than he that is in the world: nor can sin; for though it wars against them, it shall not have the dominion over them; and though it often breaks in upon their peace and comfort, it cannot damn and destroy their souls: nor the law; for though it pronounces guilty, and curses those that are under it, and are of the works of it, yet since Christ has fulfilled it for his people, by obeying its precepts, and bearing its penalty, the curse, it lies not against them, nor can it inflict any punishment on them: nor the men of the world; who hate and persecute the saints; these can do them no real harm; they cannot hurt their grace, which shines the brighter, being tried and proved in the furnace of affliction; they cannot destroy their peace and comfort by all the trouble they give them; all the harm they can do them is to their bodies; they can do none to their souls; and even all the evil things they do to their bodies work together for their good; and they must be very wicked men that will do harm in any respect to such as behave well in states, cities, towns, or neighbourhoods:

if ye be followers of that which is good; of God, who is essentially, originally, and infinitely good, and does good to all his creatures, by imitating him in holiness and righteousness, in kindness, mercy, and beneficence; and of Christ, the good Shepherd, following him in the exercise of grace, as of humility, love, patience, &c. and in the discharge of duty; and of good men, the apostles of Christ, the first churches, faithful ministers, and all such who through faith and patience have inherited the promises, and that both in doctrine and practice; and of all good things, whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, particularly righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. Some copies, as the Alexandrian, and others, read, "zealots", or "zealous of good"; of good works, as in Titus 2:14 and so the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. who … will harm you—This fearless confidence in God's protection from harm, Christ, the Head, in His sufferings realized; so His members.

if ye be—Greek, "if ye have become."

followers—The oldest manuscripts read "emulous," "zealous of" (Tit 2:14).

good—The contrast in Greek is, "Who will do you evil, if ye be zealous of good?"

1 Peter 3:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Turn from Evil
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." 13Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?
Cross References
Proverbs 12:21
No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

Proverbs 16:7
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Jeremiah 39:12
"Take him and look after him; don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."

Titus 2:14
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
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