1 Peter 2:16

“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

As free, and not vsing your libertie for a cloake of maliciousnesse, but as the seruants of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Act} as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but {use it} as bondslaves of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

As those who are free, not using your free position as a cover for wrongdoing, but living as the servants of God;
- Basic English Bible

as free, and not as having liberty as a cloak of malice, but as God's bondmen.
- Darby Bible

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
- Webster's Bible

Be free men, and yet do not make your freedom an excuse for base conduct, but be God's bondservants.
- Weymouth Bible

as free, and not using your freedom for a cloak of wickedness, but as bondservants of God.
- World English Bible

As fre men, and not as hauynge fredom the keuering of malice, but as the seruauntis of God.
- Wycliffe Bible

as free, and not having the freedom as the cloak of the evil, but as servants of God;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 2:16

2:16 As free - Yet obeying governors, for God's sake.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 2:16

1Pe 2:16 As free. Christians, freed from the bondage of sin and of the law, and having the free spirit of children, not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, an excuse, for wickedness. As the servants of God. They are God's servants.

Discussion for 1 Peter 2

  • Chad Collins
    This Verse is so reassuring. Being Dead to our sins simply means by the holy spirit power living in us we no longer have a desire to sin. Jesus ambitions and desires are all we crave and want. How amazing Jesus is and how sufficient his grace is.
  • Norm
    Blessed are those of the body of Christ, his Church. Our God, the Holy One of Israel our Savior, is risen, He LIVES! Wisdom of Solomon 3:1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no torment touch them. Luke 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him. Romans 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more death hath no more dominion over him.
  • Norm
    Heavenly Father, make us to walk in humility, righteousness and ever-increasing faith, that we may serve you in truth and charity through Christ Jesus our LORD who is most blessed for ever and ever! 1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
  • Lilian
    Iasiah 53.5 We are already healed by the stripes of Jesus. Our job now is to believe Jesus that he is the Son of the Living God who shed his blood to us so that all of us may have life in abundance. Put God first into your life and all things that you need will be added. Without God and meditating his words we cant do nothing. Thanks to the Blood of Jesus coz by his blood we are pardon and forgivn
  • Janita
    I love PETER something brought me to Peter an it was GOD himself. GOD is so awesome. Thank you GOD AND JESUS CHRIST for letting me get close to Peter an understanding most of Scriptures
  • Joe
    GOD knows all things. HE knows now how many hairs you will have on your body when GOD calls you home . So this verse is simple GOD knows.

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