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New International Version
For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
New Living Translation
For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.
English Standard Version
For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
Berean Standard Bible
For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended.
Berean Literal Bible
For this is acceptable, if for sake of conscience toward God, anyone endures griefs, suffering unjustly.
King James Bible
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
New King James Version
For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
New American Standard Bible
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person endures grief when suffering unjustly.
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
For this finds favor, if a person endures the sorrow of suffering unjustly because of an awareness of [the will of] God.
Christian Standard Bible
For it brings favor if, because of a consciousness of God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it brings favor if, mindful of God’s will, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly.
American Standard Version
For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For such servants have grace before God who, for the sake of a good conscience, endure distresses which come upon them by The Evil One.
Contemporary English Version
God will bless you, even if others treat you unfairly for being loyal to him.
For this is thankworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
Good News Translation
God will bless you for this, if you endure the pain of undeserved suffering because you are conscious of his will.
International Standard Version
For it is a fine thing if, when moved by your conscience to please God, you suffer patiently when wronged.
Literal Standard Version
for this [is] grace: if anyone endures sorrows because of conscience toward God, suffering unrighteously;
New American Bible
For whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace.
For this finds God's favor, if because of conscience toward God someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly.
New Revised Standard Version
For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly.
New Heart English Bible
For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.
Weymouth New Testament
For it is an acceptable thing with God, if, from a sense of duty to Him, a man patiently submits to wrong, when treated unjustly.
World English Bible
For it is commendable if someone endures pain, suffering unjustly, because of conscience toward God.
Young's Literal Translation
for this is gracious, if because of conscience toward God any one doth endure sorrows, suffering unrighteously;
Additional Translations ...
ContextSubmission to Authorities
…18Servants, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but even to those who are unreasonable. 19For if anyone endures the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God, this is to be commended. 20How is it to your credit if you are beaten for doing wrong and you endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.…
Therefore it is necessary to submit to authority, not only to avoid punishment, but also as a matter of conscience.
If it could, would not the offerings have ceased? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt the guilt of their sins.
1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be shaken."
1 Peter 3:16
keeping a clear conscience, so that those who slander you may be put to shame by your good behavior in Christ.
1 Peter 4:15
Indeed, none of you should suffer as a murderer or thief or wrongdoer, or even as a meddler.
Treasury of Scripture
For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
1 Peter 3:14-17 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; …
Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…
John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
Psalm 35:19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: neither let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.
Psalm 38:19 But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
For this is thankworthy.--"This," viz., what goes before, which is further explained in what follows. Quite literally it is, for this is grace, or else (for, like grace in French, 'the word has the double signification) this is thanks. The passage has some little importance in controversy, as some of the older Roman Catholic divines pressed it into the service of the supererogation theory. "This is grace," they said, means "this deserves grace as its reward." It is needless to point out how shallow a view of duty is implied in the thought that it was more than duty to be thus submissive. Still taking the first translation, others would interpret, "this is a mark of grace"--i.e., shows that you are Christians indeed; or, "this is a gift of grace"--i.e., a supernatural and heroic virtue, such as must have come from God, and not from you." These two interpretations make good sense in themselves, but they seem not to suit the context ("what glory is it") quite so well as our authorised rendering, and they ignore the sayings of our Lord, which must certainly have been in St. Peter's mind, recorded in Luke 6:27-35, especially Luke 6:32-34, and again in Luke 17:9. The thought is that where duty is both obvious and easy (as is the case with good masters), people do not lavish gratitude for the performance of it. The best of masters hardly feels grateful to the best of servants for doing his duty, though he will be grateful for the spirit and manner in which it is done. Here the "thanks" are put quite generally, as in the first passage in St. Luke: "this is a matter for thanks." It does not say as yet who is to pay the thanks, and we may naturally conclude that the master so served, and all who are cognisant of the service, are the persons meant.
For conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.--This does not mean "if a man is afflicted for his religion's sake." Rather, the conscience towards God, or, perhaps, rather, consciousness of God, is thrown in to guard against any false theory that patience by itself is a thankworthy thing. However unjust the man's treatment may be, and however little he may resent it in act, it is not thankworthy unless his resignation be grounded on consciousness of God's presence. A resignation which comes from stolid want of feeling, or stoical fatalism, or from the sense that it is no good to seek redress--such resignation is sinfully defective. The two necessary qualifications, before patience can become in any sense meritorious, are (1) that the suffering should be undeserved, (2) that the man should recognise in it the hand of God.Verse 19. - For this is thankworthy; literally, this is grace (comp. Luke 6:32, Ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; "What thank have ye?" where the parallel passage in St. Matthew is Τίνα μισθὸν ἔχετε; "What reward have ye?"). A comparison of these passages seems to show that χάρις and μισθός are used in a similar sense as expressive of God's condescending love. In his gracious tenderness he speaks of reward, though we deserve only punishment; he even speaks of thanks, though we deserve only condemnation. Other possible explanations are, "This is the work of God's grace;" or, "This is lovely;" or, "This is favor;" or "This implies" or "This causes favor with God." If a man for conscience toward God; literally, for conscience of God; that is, consciousness of God's presence, of his will, of our duties to him. This is better than to take the genitive as subjective, and to interpret, "because of the consciousness of God," because he sees and knows all that we do and say and think (comp. 1 Corinthians 8:7, where "conscience of the idol" seems to mean a belief or half-belief in the real existence of the god supposed to be represented by the idol). Endure grief, suffering wrongfully; literally, griefs, λύπας (comp. λυπηθέντες, 1 Peter 1:6). St. Peter echoes our Lord's teaching in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:39).
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 5297: To bear up under, endure, suffer. From hupo and phero; to bear from underneath, i.e. to undergo hardship.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3077: Pain, grief, sorrow, affliction. Apparently a primary word; sadness.
Strong's 95: Unjustly, undeservedly. Adverb from adikos; unjustly.
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3958: I am acted upon in a certain way, either good or bad; I experience ill treatment, suffer.
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.
he is conscious
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4893: The conscience, a persisting notion. From a prolonged form of suneido; co-perception, i.e. Moral consciousness.
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
Demonstrative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.
is to be commended.
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5485: From chairo; graciousness, of manner or act.
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