1 Peter 3:11

11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

1 Peter 3:11 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
English Standard Version (ESV)
11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
New Living Translation (NLT)
11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
The Message Bible (MSG)
11 Snub evil and cultivate good; run after peace for all you're worth.
American Standard Version (ASV)
11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
11 They must turn away from evil and do good. They must seek peace and pursue it.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
11 and he must turn away from evil and do good. He must seek peace and pursue it,
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
11 Turn away from evil, and do good. Look for peace, and go after it.

1 Peter 3:11 Meaning and Commentary

1 Peter 3:11

Let him eschew evil
Avoid all kinds of evil, hate it, abstain from the appearance of it, and have no fellowship with it; and particularly should avoid rendering evil for evil, or taking revenge on persons for doing him ill:

and do good;
everything that is good, all good works, according to the will of God, in the exercise of faith, from a principle of love, and with a view to the glory of God; and without trusting to them, and depending upon them for life and salvation; and particularly do good for evil; do good to all men, acts of kindness and beneficence, even to enemies, and especially to them that are of the household of faith. The Jewish interpreters F23 on the psalm from whence these words are taken observe, that in the first of these clauses are contained all the negative precepts, whose number with them is three hundred, sixty, and five; and in the latter of them, all the affirmative precepts, which amount to two hundred and forty eight:

let him seek peace and ensue it:
"or pursue it"; let him seek after it, in the world, and with all men, as much as possible, yea, with his very enemies; and live a peaceable and quiet life, in the kingdom, city, town, and neighbourhood where he is; and particularly in the church of God, and with the saints; which he should seek with all diligence and eagerness, and pursue with all rigour to the utmost of his power; and endeavour to cultivate all he can, and follow the things which make for it. The note of one of the Jewish commentators F24 on this passage is, "seek peace", in thine own place; "and pursue it", in another place.


F23 Aben Ezra & Kimchi in Psal. xxxiv. 14.
F24 Jarchi.

1 Peter 3:11 In-Context

9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?
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