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.

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.

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;
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - For it is better. St. Peter meets the common objection that suffering could be borne more easily if it were deserved; the Christian must take the cross, if it comes, as from God, sent for his good (comp. 1 Peter 2:19, 20). If the will of God be so; literally, if the will of God should so will. Θέλημα denotes the will in itself; θέλειν, its active operation (Wirier, 3:65. β). That ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil-doing. The construction is participial, as in 1 Peter 2:20. As there, the participle expresses, not merely the circumstances, but the cause of the suffering; they would have to suffer, not simply while they were doing well, but because they did Well.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For it is better, if the will of God be so,.... For all things are ordered by the will of God, even all the sufferings and afflictions of the saints; and which is a reason why they ought to be patiently submitted to, and bore: and "better" it is, more honourable and profitable,

that ye suffer for well doing; for believing in Christ, professing him and his Gospel, giving a free and open reason for so doing, and for exercising a good conscience, and living godly in Christ Jesus:

than for evil doing; as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a busy body in other men's matters, 1 Peter 4:15.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. better—One may object, I would not bear it so ill if I had deserved it. Peter replies, it is better that you did not deserve it, in order that doing well and yet being spoken against, you may prove yourself a true Christian [Gerhard].

if the will of God be so—rather as the optative is in the oldest manuscripts, "if the will of God should will it so." Those who honor God's will as their highest law (1Pe 2:15) have the comfort to know that suffering is God's appointment (1Pe 4:19). So Christ Himself; our inclination does not wish it.

1 Peter 3:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Suffering for Righteousness
16and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. 17For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 18For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;…
Cross References
Acts 18:21
But as he left, he promised, "I will come back if it is God's will." Then he set sail from Ephesus.

1 Peter 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

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

1 Peter 2:20
But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

1 Peter 4:15
If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

1 Peter 4:19
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
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