1 Peter 2:19

19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.

1 Peter 2:19 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
English Standard Version (ESV)
19 For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
New Living Translation (NLT)
19 For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.
The Message Bible (MSG)
19 What counts is that you put up with it for God's sake when you're treated badly for no good reason.
American Standard Version (ASV)
19 For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
19 God is pleased if a person is aware of him while enduring the pains of unjust suffering.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
19 For it [brings] favor if, because of conscience toward God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
19 Suppose a person suffers pain unfairly because he wants to obey God. That is worthy of praise.

1 Peter 2:19 Meaning and Commentary

1 Peter 2:19

For this is thankworthy
Or "grace"; this is a fruit and effect of grace, an instance of it, in which it shows itself: the Syriac version adds, "with God"; and so it is read in one of Beza's copies, and in the Alexandrian copy, and some others; that is, this is grateful to God, and acceptable with him; as in ( 1 Peter 2:20 ) ,

if a man for conscience towards God;
or, "for a good conscience", as the Syriac version reads it; for acting according to his conscience, in matters of religion, in the things of God; "for the knowledge of God", as the Arabic version renders it; for the knowledge of God in Christ; for the Gospel of Christ, and a profession of it: or, "for God", as the Ethiopic version; for the cause of God and truth, and for the sake of things appertaining to God, and that make for his glory:

endure grief;
what occasions grief, as severe words, bitter reproaches, hard censures, and heavy blows; and that with patience, and without murmuring, and with resignation to the will of God:

suffering wrongfully;
there being no just cause for an ill look, word, or blow, to be given.

1 Peter 2:19 In-Context

17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
19 For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Peter 3:14,17
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