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1 Peter 3:8-13

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Suffering for Doing Good

3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, 1  sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless 2  others 3  because you were called to inherit a blessing. 3:10 For

the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 4  his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.

3:11 And he must turn away from evil and do good;

he must seek peace and pursue it.

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are 5  upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.

But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 6 

3:13 For 7  who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?

1 tn There is no main verb in this verse (Grk “Finally, all [ ] harmonious”), but it continues the sense of command from the previous paragraphs.

2 tn Grk “not returning…but blessing,” continuing the sense of command from the preceding.

3 tn The direct object “others” is omitted but implied in Greek, and must be supplied to suit English style.

4 tn Grk “stop.”

5 tn The verbs are implied but not expressed in this verse: “the Lord’s eyes [ ] on the righteous and his ears [ ] to their prayer, but his face [ ] against those who do evil.”

6 sn Verses 10-12 are a quotation from Ps 34:12-16.

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



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