1 Peter 4:18
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?”

Berean Study Bible
And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

Berean Literal Bible
And, "If the righteous one is saved with difficulty, where will appear the ungodly and 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?

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

Contemporary English Version
"If good people barely escape, what will happen to sinners and to others who don't respect God?"

Good News Translation
As the scripture says, "It is difficult for good people to be saved; what, then, will become of godless sinners?"

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?

New Heart English Bible
And "If the righteous is delivered with difficulty, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?"

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?

New American Standard 1977
AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE GODLESS MAN AND THE 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?
Study Bible
Suffering as Christians
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? 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
Proverbs 11:31
If the righteous receive their due on earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner!

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

1 Timothy 1:9
We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for killers of father or mother, for murderers,

James 5:6
You have condemned and murdered the righteous, who did not resist you.

Treasury of Scripture

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 lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Proverbs 11:31
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.

Jeremiah 25:29
For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

where.

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

Romans 1:18
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 5:6
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the 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 thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

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







Lexicon
And,
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

“If
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

it is hard for
μόλις (molis)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3433: With difficulty, hardly, scarcely. Probably by variation for mogis; with difficulty.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

righteous
δίκαιος (dikaios)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1342: From dike; equitable; by implication, innocent, holy.

to be saved,
σώζεται (sōzetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4982: To save, heal, preserve, rescue. From a primary sos; to save, i.e. Deliver or protect.

what
ποῦ (pou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4226: Genitive case of an interrogative pronoun pos otherwise obsolete; as adverb of place; at what locality.

will become of
φανεῖται (phaneitai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5316: Prolongation for the base of phos; to lighten, i.e. Show.

the
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

ungodly
ἀσεβὴς (asebēs)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 765: Impious, ungodly, wicked. Irreverent, i.e. impious or wicked.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[the] sinner?”
ἁμαρτωλὸς (hamartōlos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 268: Sinning, sinful, depraved, detestable. From hamartano; sinful, i.e. A sinner.
(18) And if the righteous scarcely be saved.--This is a literal quotation, word for word, of Proverbs 11:31, according to the LXX. The quotation proves to us St. Peter's perfect familiarity with both the Hebrew original and the Greek version. We have seen how he rejects the LXX. version when it does not suit his meaning (e.g., 1Peter 2:8): here it suits him (though it differs from the Hebrew), and he accepts it. The "righteous" man here means, apparently, as Leighton says, "he that endeavours to walk uprightly in the ways of God," rather than the man who is then declared finally justified. The fact that they are "scarcely" saved "imports not," according to Leighton, "any uncertainty or hazard in the thing itself to the end, in respect of the purpose and performance of God, but only the great difficulties and hard encounters in the way." This is only partly true. The Apostle is rather thinking of the final judgment than of the life of trial; and he means that there was but little margin left: a very few more falls, a few more refusals to follow the calls of grace, and they would have been lost. Doubtless, when the best of us looks back, in the light of the last day, upon all that he has been through, he will be amazed that he ever could be saved at all. Yet Bengel well calls us to see the other side of the picture in 2Peter 1:11.

The ungodly and the sinner.--This is the Gentile character. "Ungodly" denotes open irreligion--contempt of God and all that belongs to His worship. "Sinner" goes more to the moral side of the nature, pointing most of all to sins of the flesh. (Comp., for instance, Luke 7:37.) "Sinners" was almost a synonym for "Gentiles." (See, e.g., Luke 6:32; Luke 24:7; Galatians 2:15.) The question "Where shall he appear?" imagines some scene such as that of Matthew 25:32 : "Where shall we see him? where will he have to stand?"

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). 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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