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.

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.

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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.

1 Peter 4:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Suffering as Christians
15Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?…
Cross References
Acts 5:41
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Acts 11:26
and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.

Acts 28:22
But we want to hear what your views are, for we know that people everywhere are talking against this sect."

Philippians 1:20
I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage 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 are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

1 Peter 2:12
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

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

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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…

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