1 Peter 4:18
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New International Version
And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

New Living Translation
And also, "If the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners?"

English Standard Version
And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

New American Standard Bible
AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?

King James Bible
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?

International Standard Version
"If it is hard for the righteous person to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and sinful person?"

NET Bible
And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinners?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if the righteous have life in hardship, where is an evil man and a sinner found?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If it's hard for the person who has God's approval to be saved, what will happen to the godless sinner?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if the righteous are saved with difficulty, where shall the unfaithful and the sinner appear?

King James 2000 Bible
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

American King James Version
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

American Standard Version
And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Darby Bible Translation
And if the righteous is difficultly saved, where shall the impious and [the] sinner appear?

English Revised Version
And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?

Webster's Bible Translation
And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Weymouth New Testament
And if it is difficult even for a righteous man to be saved, what will become of irreligious men and sinners?

World English Bible
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?"

Young's Literal Translation
And if the righteous man is scarcely saved, the ungodly and sinner -- where shall he appear?
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 18. - And if the righteous scarcely be saved. St. Peter is quoting the Septuagint Version of Proverbs 11:31. That version departs considerably from the Hebrew, which is accurately represented by the Authorized Version, "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth; much more the wicked and the sinner." Probably the word rendered" recompensed," which is neutral in its meaning, is best understood here, not of the good deeds of the righteous, but of the sin which still cleaves to all human righteousness. The righteous shall be requited in the earth, that is, chastised for his transgressions. So it would be now, St. Peter says; judgment must begin at the house of God. He adopts the inexact Septuagint translation for its substantial truth, as we now sometimes use versions which are sufficient for practical purposes, though we know them to be critically inaccurate. We observe again the absence of marks of quotation, as often in St. Peter. Bengel well remarks that the awful "scarcely" (μόλις σώζεται) is softened by 2 Peter 1:11. Where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? The" ungodly "are the impious, scoffers, and blasphemers; the" sinners" are men of profligate and dissolute lives. But the words are (probably) included under one article in the Greek; the men were the same; one form of evil led to the other (comp. Psalm 1:5; see also Matthew 19:25).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if the righteous scarcely be saved,.... Reference is had to Proverbs 11:31 where in the Septuagint version are the same words as here: the "righteous" are such, not who are so in their own opinion, or merely in the esteem of others, nor on account of their vility, morality, and external righteousness before men, or by the deeds of the law; but who are made righteous by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them: and such are "scarcely saved"; not as if they were but in part saved, for they are completely saved; Christ has wrought out and finished a complete salvation for them; and they are saved from all enemies, and everything that might hurt them; from sin, Satan, the law, the world, hell, and death; and they are completely justified, and have all their sins pardoned, and shall be perfectly saved: nor as if their salvation was doubtful; for though they are scarcely, yet certainly saved; for they are chosen to salvation, and Christ has obtained it for them, and they have the application of it already made to them by the blessed Spirit; and being justified, or made righteous persons, nothing is more certain than that they shall be glorified: but they are said to be "scarcely" saved, because of the difficulty of it, both with respect to Christ, who met with difficulties in working out their salvation; by reason of the strictness of divine justice, and the demands of the righteous law, which would make no abatement; the sins of his people he had to bear, and make atonement for; the many enemies he had to grapple with, and the accursed death of the cross, he had to undergo; though they were such he was able to surmount, and did: and especially with respect to the saints themselves; for though their salvation is certain and complete, being finished by Christ, yet their enjoyment of it is attended with many difficulties; by reason of the corruptions of nature, a law in their members warring against the law of their minds; the frequent temptations of Satan, who seeks to devour them, and their wrestlings with principalities and powers, which are above their match; and also by reason of various afflictions and persecutions, and many tribulations, which make their way to eternal life a strait way, and through which they must enter into the kingdom of heaven: and if this be their case, as it is,

where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? the profane sinner, the Christless, impenitent, unbelieving, and unregenerate man; otherwise all men are sinners, in themselves; but here it means such as are destitute of the sanctifying grace of the Spirit, and the justifying righteousness of Christ, and that live and die in their sins: where shall such appear? not in the congregation of the righteous; nor at the right hand of Christ; nor in heaven, into which no defiled sinner shall enter; nor even on earth, among and under the rocks and mountains, which will not be able to hide them from the face of the Judge, and his wrath, when he shall come; but at Christ's left hand, and in hell, and among the devils and damned there.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. scarcely—Compare "so as by fire," 1Co 3:15; having to pass through trying chastisements, as David did for his sin. "The righteous" man has always more or less of trial, but the issue is certain, and the entrance into the kingdom abundant at last. The "scarcely" marks the severity of the ordeal, and the unlikelihood (in a mere human point of view) of the righteous sustaining it; but the righteousness of Christ and God's everlasting covenant make it all sure.

ungodly—having no regard for God; negative description.

sinner—loving sin; positive; the same man is at once God-forgetting and sin-loving.

appear—in judgment.

1 Peter 4:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Suffering as Christians
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? 18AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
Cross References
Proverbs 11:31
If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

Luke 23:31
For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"

1 Timothy 1:9
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

James 5:6
You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
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And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

if.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

Proverbs 11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more …

Jeremiah 25:29 For, see, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my …

Ezekiel 18:24 But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

Matthew 24:22-24 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh …

Mark 13:20-22 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should …

Luke 23:31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Acts 27:24,31,42-44 Saying, Fear not, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar: and, see, …

1 Corinthians 10:12 Why let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

where.

Psalm 1:4,5 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away…

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

2 Peter 2:5,6 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a …

2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are …

Jude 1:15 To execute judgment on all, and to convince all that are ungodly …

the sinner.

Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

1 Samuel 15:18 And the LORD sent you on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy …

Luke 15:1 Then drew near to him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

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