1 Peter 1:16

16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]

1 Peter 1:16 in Other Translations

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
16 since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”
16 God said, "I am holy; you be holy."
16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.

1 Peter 1:16 Meaning and Commentary

1 Peter 1:16

Because it is written
In ( Leviticus 11:44 ) ( 19:2 ) ( 20:7 )

be ye holy, for I am holy:
an argument the apostle knew must have weight with these persons, who were chiefly Jews, scattered abroad among the Gentiles, and had a value for the Scriptures of truth; and therefore, as the argument for holiness of life, from the nature and perfections of God, is strong, it must receive additional strength from this being the declared will of God, even their sanctification on this account; and though holiness, equal to God, is never to be attained to by a creature, yet so far as it is capable of it, it is desirable, because agreeable both to the nature and will of God, by all such who are truly his children, who love his name, adore his perfections, give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness, fear his goodness, and obey his will.

1 Peter 1:16 In-Context

14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,

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Cross References 1

  • 1. Leviticus 11:44,45; Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:7

Footnotes 1

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