1 Peter 3:17
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New International Version
For it is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

New Living Translation
Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

English Standard Version
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

Berean Study Bible
For it is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Berean Literal Bible
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if the will of God wills it, than doing evil,

New American Standard Bible
For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

King James Bible
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.

International Standard Version
After all, if it is the will of God, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

NET Bible
For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For it is an advantage to you that when you are doing good works, you suffer evil, if it is thus the will of God, but not while you are doing evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After all, if it is God's will, it's better to suffer for doing good than for doing wrong.

New American Standard 1977
For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it is better (if the will of God so desires) that ye suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

King James 2000 Bible
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

American King James Version
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

American Standard Version
For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill.

Darby Bible Translation
For [it is] better, if the will of God should will it, to suffer [as] well-doers than [as] evildoers;

English Revised Version
For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.

Webster's Bible Translation
For it is better, if the will of God is so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil-doing.

Weymouth New Testament
For it is better that you should suffer for doing right, if such be God's will, than for doing evil;

World English Bible
For it is better, if it is God's will, that you suffer for doing well than for doing evil.

Young's Literal Translation
for it is better doing good, if the will of God will it, to suffer, than doing evil;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:14-22 We sanctify God before others, when our conduct invites and encourages them to glorify and honour him. What was the ground and reason of their hope? We should be able to defend our religion with meekness, in the fear of God. There is no room for any other fears where this great fear is; it disturbs not. The conscience is good, when it does its office well. That person is in a sad condition on whom sin and suffering meet: sin makes suffering extreme, comfortless, and destructive. Surely it is better to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing, whatever our natural impatience at times may suggest. The example of Christ is an argument for patience under sufferings. In the case of our Lord's suffering, he that knew no sin, suffered instead of those who knew no righteousness. The blessed end and design of our Lord's sufferings were, to reconcile us to God, and to bring us to eternal glory. He was put to death in respect of his human nature, but was quickened and raised by the power of the Holy Spirit. If Christ could not be freed from sufferings, why should Christians think to be so? God takes exact notice of the means and advantages people in all ages have had. As to the old world, Christ sent his Spirit; gave warning by Noah. But though the patience of God waits long, it will cease at last. And the spirits of disobedient sinners, as soon as they are out of their bodies, are committed to the prison of hell, where those that despised Noah's warning now are, and from whence there is no redemption. Noah's salvation in the ark upon the water, which carried him above the floods, set forth the salvation of all true believers. That temporal salvation by the ark was a type of the eternal salvation of believers by baptism of the Holy Spirit. To prevent mistakes, the apostle declares what he means by saving baptism; not the outward ceremony of washing with water, which, in itself, does no more than put away the filth of the flesh, but that baptism, of which the baptismal water formed the sign. Not the outward ordinance, but when a man, by the regeneration of the Spirit, was enabled to repent and profess faith, and purpose a new life, uprightly, and as in the presence of God. Let us beware that we rest not upon outward forms. Let us learn to look on the ordinances of God spiritually, and to inquire after the spiritual effect and working of them on our consciences. We would willingly have all religion reduced to outward things. But many who were baptized, and constantly attended the ordinances, have remained without Christ, died in their sins, and are now past recovery. Rest not then till thou art cleansed by the Spirit of Christ and the blood of Christ. His resurrection from the dead is that whereby we are assured of purifying and peace.
Study Bible
Suffering for Righteousness
16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you will be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ. 17For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body, but made alive in the spirit,…
Cross References
Acts 18:21
But as he left, he said, "I will come back to you again if God is willing." And he set sail from Ephesus.

1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials,

1 Peter 2:15
For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorance of foolish men.

1 Peter 2:20
How 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.

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

1 Peter 4:19
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Treasury of Scripture

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