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1 Peter 3:13-14


3:13 For 1  who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 3:14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer 2  for doing what is right, 3  you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them 4  or be shaken. 5 

1 tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “For” to indicate that what follows gives an explanation.

2 sn The Greek construction here implies that such suffering was not the norm, even though it could happen, and in fact may well have happened to some of the readers (cf. 4:4, 12-19).

3 tn Grk “because of righteousness.”

4 tn Grk “do not fear their fear,” referring to those who cause their suffering. The phrase “their fear” may mean “what they fear” (subjective genitive), but in a situation of persecution it more likely means “fear of them” (objective genitive).

5 sn A quotation from Isa 8:12.

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