New International Version
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
King James Bible
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
Darby Bible Translation
And who shall injure you if ye have become imitators of that which [is] good?
World English Bible
Now who is he who will harm you, if you become imitators of that which is good?
Young's Literal Translation
and who is he who will be doing you evil, if of Him who is good ye may become imitators?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Who is he that will harm you - Is it possible that a man can be wretched who has God for his friend? "All the devices which the devil or wicked men work against such must be brought to naught, and by the providence of his goodness be dispersed."
If ye be followers, etc. - Εαν Του Αγαθου μιμηται γενησθε· If ye be imitators of the good One, i.e. of God. Ὁ Αγαθος, the good One, is one of God's prime epithets, see Matthew 19:17, and Satan is distinguished by the reverse, ὁ πονηρος, the Evil one, Matthew 13:19 (note). Instead of μιμηται, followers, or rather imitators, ζηλωται, zealous of what is good, is the reading of ABC, fifteen others, both the Syriac, Erpen's Arabic, the Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian and Vulgate, with some of the fathers. This is a very probable reading, and Griesbach has placed it in the margin as a candidate for the place of that in the text.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eversley, 1867. Westminster, Sept. 27, 1872. 1 Peter iii. 8-12. "Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek …
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No harm overtakes the righteous, but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
"Take him and look after him; don't harm him but do for him whatever he asks."
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
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