1 Peter 2:16
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English Standard Version
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.

King James Bible
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

American Standard Version
as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.

English Revised Version
as free, and not using your freedom for a cloke of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Weymouth New Testament
Be free men, and yet do not make your freedom an excuse for base conduct, but be God's bondservants.

1 Peter 2:16 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Using (ἔχοντες)

Lit., having or holding.

Cloke (ἐπικάλυμμα)

Only here in New Testament. Lit., a veil. The idea is that of using Christian freedom as a mask for ungodly license. Paul uses the kindred verb (Romans 4:7) of the covering of sins. On the sentiment, compare Galatians 5:13.

1 Peter 2:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

free.

John 8:32-36 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free...

Romans 6:18,22 Being then made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness...

1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free...

Galatians 5:1,13 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage...

James 1:25 But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work...

James 2:12 So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

2 Peter 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome...

and.

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men...

using. Gr. having. a cloke.

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer...

John 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

but.

Ephesians 6:6 Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.

Cross References
John 8:32
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Romans 6:22
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

1 Corinthians 7:22
For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.

Galatians 5:13
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

James 1:25
But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

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