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

  • Nalia
    I believe it means.. If one truly seeks God and is pure of heart God knows this.. Anything is possible. Therefore, is it crazy to imagine that God is not capable of changing the words of any written word, be it the bible or a comic book, and communicating with an individual instantly.. One on one. After all, God Is The Word. Alive inside the Living Word. Ask and You Shall Receive, right..? The bible tells me so.. Anyway, just my thoughts and feelings on the subject.. Thanks for listening or reading Lol Attention: pay it
  • MockingBird
    When we are born again ,naturally we are babies : Babies cannot eat meat : therefore we desire the sincere milk of the word . I was not able to walk when I was born : Had to grow . As I grow in God's word , when the time is right I will start on more solid food : Growing process : As of now after 38 years , I am still growing and I am able to digest meatier word of God . But grow in Grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ !!!! Yes !! Amen !!
    Peter has been prayed for by God,and he said that i die daily still to him and the power of his resuration.for to me to live is christ and to die is gain,knowing peter is just God.
  • 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.

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