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

New Living Translation
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

English Standard Version
Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Berean Study Bible
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore also, those suffering according to the will of God, let them commit their souls to the faithful Creator in well-doing.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

King James Bible
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So those who suffer according to God's will should, while doing what is good, entrust themselves to a faithful Creator.

International Standard Version
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do what is good.

NET Bible
So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to him by excellent works, as to a faithful Creator.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who suffer because that is God's will for them must entrust themselves to a faithful creator and continue to do what is good.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, let those that are afflicted according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls unto him as unto a faithful Creator, doing good.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

American King James Version
Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as to a faithful Creator.

American Standard Version
Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God, commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore also let them who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing to a faithful Creator.

English Revised Version
Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as to a faithful Creator.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore also, let those who are suffering in accordance with the will of God entrust their souls in well-doing to a faithful Creator.

World English Bible
Therefore let them also who suffer according to the will of God in doing good entrust their souls to him, as to a faithful Creator.

Young's Literal Translation
so that also those suffering according to the will of god, as to a stedfast Creator, let them commit their own souls in good doing.
Study Bible
Suffering as Christians
18And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Cross References
1 Peter 3:17
For it is better, if it is God's will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

1 Peter 3:20
who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ark was being built. In the ark a few people, only eight souls, were saved through water.
Treasury of Scripture

Why let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as to a faithful Creator.

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1 Peter 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

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

Acts 21:11-14 And when he was come to us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his …

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Psalm 31:5 Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into …

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, …

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

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1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence …

Esther 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and …

Jeremiah 26:11-15 Then spoke the priests and the prophets to the princes and to all …

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O …

Daniel 6:10,11,22 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

a faithful.

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me: your mercy, O LORD, …

Psalm 146:5,6 Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is …

Isaiah 40:27,28 Why say you, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hid from the …

Isaiah 43:7,21 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him …

Isaiah 51:12,13 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should …

Isaiah 54:16,17 Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, …

Colossians 1:16-20 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:2,3 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

Revelation 4:10,11 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, …

Revelation 5:9-14 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

(19) Wherefore.--Because the beginning of the judgment--the judgment of the Christians--is so light in comparison with the fearful end when it lights on the disobedient and wicked.

Let them that suffer according to the will of God.--Our version omits an important little word: Let them that suffer also (or, Let even them that suffer) according to the will of God. The stress is on "suffer"--i.e., be put to death. And the clause, "according to the will of God," seems not intended to mean "in a godly and unblameable manner," as opposed to the "suffering as a murderer" (1Peter 4:15); rather, it brings out that such a death is no accident, no sudden calamity, but in strict accordance with God's prearranged design. (Comp. 1Peter 3:17 : "if the will of God will it.") Thus it harmonises with the following: "faithful Creator," "commit their souls."

Commit the keeping of their souls.--The beautiful verb rendered "commit the keeping of" is a technical term for depositing a deed, or sum of money, or other valuable, with any one in trust. In the literal sense it occurs in Luke 12:48; 2Timothy 1:12 : in a metaphorical sense, of doctrines committed in trust to the safe keeping of the Episcopate, in 1Timothy 1:18; 1Timothy 6:20; 2Timothy 1:14; 2Timothy 2:2 : of leaving persons whom you love in trust, in Acts 14:23; Acts 20:32. But the words which St. Peter probably has ringing in his ears when he thus writes are the words of our Lord on the cross (where the same verb is used): "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit" (Luke 23:46). "Their souls" might, perhaps, with still more propriety, be here translated their lives. The connection will then be: "Consider the mildness of these trials compared with the terrors overhanging the sinful. Even if the worst should come to the worst, and you must die a martyr's death, it is but the execution of God's plan for you. View your life as a deposit: lay it confidently in His hands, to be returned to you again when the time comes: and you will find Him faithful to what a Creator ought to be."

A faithful Creator.--The word "faithful" is used in reference to the "deposit" placed in His hands; and the title "Creator" seems to be chosen here rather than "Father," or the like, because creation of the soul includes not only the giving of its existence but the shaping of its destiny. "The will of God," in accordance with which they "suffer," is part of the act of creation. The noble expression, however, contains the idea that the act of creation imposes duties and responsibilities upon the Creator. It is conceivable that some powerful being (not our God) might create, and be careless of the happiness or of the moral welfare or of the mutual relations of his creatures. Such a creator would be "unfaithful:" we should have a right to expect differently of him. But God is a "faithful Creator." "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."

In well doing.--In the Greek these words come emphatically last. (Comp. 1Peter 3:17.)

Verse 19. - Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God; rather, let them also that suffer. St. Peter sums up his exhortation; he returns to the thought of 1 Peter 3:17, "It is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil-doing." In the hour of suffering, as well as in times of prosperity, we are in the hands of a merciful and loving Father; we are to learn submission, not because the suffering is inevitable, but because it is according to his will, and his will is our sanctification and salvation. Commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator; rather, as in the Revised Version, commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator. The conjunction "as" must be omitted, not being found in any of the best manuscripts. The word rendered "Creator" (κτίστης) Occurs nowhere else in the Greek Testament. God is our Creator, the Father of spirits, He gave the spirit; to him it returneth. We must imitate our dying Lord, and, like him, commit our souls to the keeping of our heavenly Father as a deposit which may be left with perfect confidence in the hands of a faithful Creator (see 2 Timothy 1:12). There is an evident reference here to our Lord's words upon the cross (Luke 23:46; Psalm 31:5). St. Peter adds, "in well-doing." The Christian's faith must bring forth the fruits of holy living; even in the midst of suffering he must "be careful to maintain good works."



Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God,.... This is the conclusion made from the foregoing premises; that seeing the state and condition of the saints in this world, at worst, and which is but for a time, is infinitely preferable to the dreadful state and condition of disobedient persons, ungodly men, and sinners, and which will endure to all eternity; they should not think strange of their sufferings, or complain of them, but patiently endure them; and especially when they consider that these are not the effects of chance, or merely owing to the malice and wickedness of men, or to any second cause only; but they are the will of God, are by his appointment, under his direction, and by his order, and for their good, and his own glory; and therefore it becomes them to

commit the keeping of their souls to him, in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator: and which is not only their duty, but their privilege: and the sense is, that when they are called to suffer for Christ, they should commit their cause to God, who, as he is the Creator, is the Governor of the universe, and will judge righteously; and when they are even called to lay down their lives for his sake, they shall not lose them; though their bodies are killed, they may and should commit their souls, when departing from their bodies, into the hands of God; as Stephen, the first martyr, committed his into the hands of Christ, in imitation of him; where he that made them, as he is able to keep them, will faithfully preserve them in happiness and glory, till the resurrection morn, when their bodies shall be raised and reunited to them: and this is to be performed, in "well doing"; for which they suffer, and in which they should continue to the last; not rendering evil for evil, but blessing; and in imitation of Christ, and his servant Stephen, pray for their worst enemies, and wish them all the good, and do them all the acts of kindness that lie in their power. 19. General conclusion from 1Pe 4:17, 18. Seeing that the godly know that their sufferings are by God's will, to chasten them that they may not perish with the world, they have good reason to trust God cheerfully amidst sufferings, persevering in well-doing.

let them—Greek, "let them also," "let even them," as well as those not suffering. Not only under ordinary circumstances, but also in time of suffering, let believers commit. (Compare Note, see on [2623]1Pe 3:14).

according to the will of God—(See on [2624]1Pe 3:17). God's will that the believer should suffer (1Pe 4:17), is for his good. One oldest manuscript and Vulgate read, "in well-doings"; contrast ill-doings, 1Pe 4:15. Our committing of ourselves to God is to be, not in indolent and passive quietism, but accompanied with active well-doings.

faithful—to His covenant promises.

Creator—who is therefore also our Almighty Preserver. He, not we, must keep our souls. Sin destroyed the original spiritual relation between creature and Creator, leaving that only of government. Faith restores it; so that the believer, living to the will of God (1Pe 4:2), rests implicitly on his Creator's faithfulness. 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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