1 Peter 4:16
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New International Version
However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

New Living Translation
But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!

English Standard Version
Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

Berean Study Bible
But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear this name.

Berean Literal Bible
but if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this name.

New American Standard Bible
but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.

King James Bible
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But if anyone suffers as a "Christian," he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name.

International Standard Version
But if you suffer for being a Christian, do not feel ashamed, but glorify God with that name.

NET Bible
But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name.

New Heart English Bible
But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him praise God for this name.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you suffer for being a Christian, don't feel ashamed, but praise God for being called that name.

New American Standard 1977
but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet if any man suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

American King James Version
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

American Standard Version
but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.

Darby Bible Translation
but if as a christian, let him not be ashamed, but glorify God in this name.

English Revised Version
but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet if any man suffereth as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

Weymouth New Testament
If, however, any one suffers because he is a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God for being permitted to bear that name.

World English Bible
But if one of you suffers for being a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this matter.

Young's Literal Translation
and if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; and let him glorify God in this respect;
Study Bible
Suffering as Christians
15Indeed, none of you should suffer as a murderer or thief or wrongdoer, or even as a meddler. 16But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear this name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?…
Cross References
Acts 5:41
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Acts 11:26
and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. So for a full year they met together with the church and taught large numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.

Acts 28:22
But we consider your views worth hearing, because we know that people everywhere are speaking against this sect."

Philippians 1:20
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have complete boldness, so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

James 2:7
Are they not the ones who blaspheme the noble name by which you have been called?

1 Peter 2:12
Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should speak as one conveying the words of God. If anyone serves, he should serve with the strength God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:14
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

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1 Peter 4:19 Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the …

1 Peter 3:17,18 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that you suffer for well …

Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it came …

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.

Ephesians 3:13-15 Why I desire that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which …

let him not.

Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: …

Isaiah 54:4 Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be you confounded; …

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

Hebrews 12:2,3 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

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Isaiah 24:15 Why glorify you the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD …

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

Romans 5:2-5 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Philippians 1:29 For to you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe …

James 1:2-4 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…

(16) Yet if any man suffer as a Christian.--St. Peter purposely uses the name which was a name of derision among the heathens. It is not, as yet, one by which the believers would usually describe themselves. It only occurs twice besides in the New Testament--in Acts 11:26, where we are told of the invention of the nickname (see Note there), and in Acts 26:28, where Agrippa catches it up with the insolent scorn with which a brutal justice would have used the word "Methodist" a century ago. So contemptible was the name that, as M. Renan says (p. 37), "Well-bred people avoided pronouncing the name, or, when forced to do so, made a kind of apology." Tacitus, for instance, says: "Those who were vulgarly known by the name of Christians." In fact, it is quite an open question whether we ought not here (as well as in the two places of Acts above cited) to read the nickname in its barbarous form: Chrestian. The Sinaitic manuscript has that form, and the Vatican has the form Chreistian; and it is much harder to suppose that a scribe who commonly called himself a Christian would intentionally alter it into this strange form than to suppose that one who did not understand the irony of saying a Chrestian should have written the word with which he was so familiar.

Let him not be ashamed.--Although the name sounds worse to the world than "murderer," or "thief," or "malefactor."

On this behalf.--This is a possible rendering, but it is more pointed to translate literally, but let him glorify God in this name--i.e., make even this name of ridicule the ground of an act of glory to God.

Verse 16. - Yet if any man suffer as a Christian. The word "Christian" occurs only three times in the New Testament - twice in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 11:26; Acts 26:28), and here. "The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch." They were originally described amongst themselves as "the disciples," "the brethren," "the believers," "the elect," or" the saints;" by the Jews they were called "the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5), as still in Mohammedan countries. The name was probably invented by the heathen, and used at first as a term of derision; there is something of scorn in Agrippa's use of it. It did not at once become common among the disciples of the Lord. St. Peter (who preached at Antioch (Galatians 2:11), and is said to have been Bishop of Antioch) is the only sacred writer who adopts it instead of the older names, and that only ones, and in connection with threatened persecution. St. James may possibly allude to it in James 2:7. But it was not commonly used among' believers till after New Testament times. Then they began to discern its admirable suitableness. It reminded them that the center of their religion was not a system of doctrines, but a Person, and that Person the Messiah, the Anointed of God. The Hebrew origin of the word, the Greek dress, the Latin termination, seemed to point, like the threefold inscription on the cross, to the universality of Christ's religion to its empire, first over all the civilized nations, and through them, by continually increasing triumphs, over the whole world. It reminded them that they too were anointed, that they had an unction from the Holy One. Its very corruption through heathen ignorance, Christian from χρηστός, good (the Sinaitic Manuscript has χρηστιανός in this place) had its lesson - it spoke of sweetness and of goodness. See the oft-quoted passage from Tertullian: "Sed quum et perperam Chres-tiani nuncupamur a vobis (nam nec nominis certa est notitia penes yes) de suavitate et benignitate compositum est." Let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. The best-supported reading is ἐν τῷ ὀνόματι τούτῳ. This may be understood as an idiom, in the same sense as the reading of the Authorized Version; but it is better to translate it literally, in this name, i.e. either the name of Christ, or (more probably, perhaps) that of Christian. The heathen blasphemed that worthy Name; suffering Christians must not be ashamed of it, but, as the holy martyrs did, utter their "Christianus sum" with inward peace and thanksgiving, glorifying God that he had given them grace to bear that honored Name and to suffer for Christ. Bengel says here, "Poterat Petrus dicere, honori sibi ducat: sed honorem Dee resignandum esse docet." Yet if any man suffer as a Christian,.... Because he is one, and professes himself to be one. This name was first given to the disciples at Antioch, either by themselves, or by the Gentiles; however, it being agreeable to them, was retained; it is only mentioned here, and in Acts 11:26,

let him not be ashamed; neither of Christ, and his Gospel, for which he suffers, nor of the name he bears, nor of the punishment he endures, however ignominious and shameful it may be among men; but let him, as his Lord and master did, endure the cross, and despise the shame, Hebrews 12:2

but let him glorify God on this behalf: that he bestows this gift upon him to suffer for Christ, as well as to believe in him; and that he does him so much honour to call him to such service, and to strengthen him in it, so as to take it joyfully, and endure it patiently and cheerfully. The Alexandrian copy, and some others, and also the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions, instead of "in this behalf", read "in this name"; that is, of a Christian. 16. a Christian—the name given in contempt first at Antioch. Ac 11:26; 26:28; the only three places where the term occurs. At first believers had no distinctive name, but were called among themselves "brethren," Ac 6:3; "disciples," Ac 6:1; "those of the way," Ac 9:2; "saints," Ro 1:7; by the Jews (who denied that Jesus was the Christ, and so would never originate the name Christian), in contempt, "Nazarenes." At Antioch, where first idolatrous Gentiles (Cornelius, Ac 10:1, 2, was not an idolater, but a proselyte) were converted, and wide missionary work began, they could be no longer looked on as a Jewish sect, and so the Gentiles designated them by the new name "Christians." The rise of the new name marked a new epoch in the Church's life, a new stage of its development, namely, its missions to the Gentiles. The idle and witty people of Antioch, we know from heathen writers, were famous for inventing nicknames. The date of this Epistle must have been when this had become the generally recognized designation among Gentiles (it is never applied by Christians to each other, as it was in after ages—an undesigned proof that the New Testament was composed when it professes), and when the name exposed one to reproach and suffering, though not seemingly as yet to systematic persecution.

let him not be ashamed—though the world is ashamed of shame. To suffer for one's own faults is no honor (1Pe 4:15; 1Pe 2:20),—for Christ, is no shame (1Pe 4:14; 1Pe 3:13).

but let him glorify God—not merely glory in persecution; Peter might have said as the contrast, "but let him esteem it an honor to himself"; but the honor is to be given to God, who counts him worthy of such an honor, involving exemption from the coming judgments on the ungodly.

on this behalf—The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate read, "in this name," that is, in respect of suffering for such a name.4:12-19 By patience and fortitude in suffering, by dependence on the promises of God, and keeping to the word the Holy Spirit hath revealed, the Holy Spirit is glorified; but by the contempt and reproaches cast upon believers, he is evil spoken of, and is blasphemed. One would think such cautions as these were needless to Christians. But their enemies falsely charged them with foul crimes. And even the best of men need to be warned against the worst of sins. There is no comfort in sufferings, when we bring them upon ourselves by our own sin and folly. A time of universal calamity was at hand, as foretold by our Saviour, Mt 24:9,10. And if such things befall in this life, how awful will the day of judgment be! It is true that the righteous are scarcely saved; even those who endeavour to walk uprightly in the ways of God. This does not mean that the purpose and performance of God are uncertain, but only the great difficulties and hard encounters in the way; that they go through so many temptations and tribulations, so many fightings without and fears within. Yet all outward difficulties would be as nothing, were it not for lusts and corruptions within. These are the worst clogs and troubles. And if the way of the righteous be so hard, then how hard shall be the end of the ungodly sinner, who walks in sin with delight, and thinks the righteous is a fool for all his pains! The only way to keep the soul well, is, to commit it to God by prayer, and patient perseverance in well-doing. He will overrule all to the final advantage of the believer.
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