1 Peter 2:12

“Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hauing your conuersation honest among the Gentiles, that whereas they speake against you as euill doers, they may by your good works which they shall behold, glorifie God in the day of visitation.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe {them,} glorify God in the day of visitation.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Being of good behaviour among the Gentiles; so that though they say now that you are evil-doers, they may see your good works and give glory to God when he comes to be their judge.
- Basic English Bible

having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that [as to that] in which they speak against you as evildoers, they may through [your] good works, [themselves] witnessing [them], glorify God in [the] day of visitation.
- Darby Bible

Having your manner of life honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
- Webster's Bible

Live honourable lives among the Gentiles, in order that, although they now speak against you as evil-doers, they may yet witness your good conduct, and may glorify God on the day of reward and retribution.
- Weymouth Bible

having good behavior among the nations, so in that of which they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they see, glorify God in the day of visitation.
- World English Bible

and haue ye youre conuersacioun good among hethene men, that in that thing that thei bacbite of you, as of mysdoeris, thei biholden you of good werkis, and glorifie God in the dai of visitacioun.
- Wycliffe Bible

having your behaviour among the nations right, that in that which they speak against you as evil-doers, of the good works having beheld, they may glorify God in a day of inspection.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 2:12


2:12 Honest - Not barely unblamable, but virtuous in every respect. But our language sinks under the force, beauty, and copiousness of the original expressions. That they by your good works which they shall behold - See with their own eyes. May glorify God - By owning his grace in you, and following your example. In the day of visitation - The time when he shall give them fresh offers of his mercy.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 2:12


1Pe 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles. Your daily life. Let it be such as to refute slanders of their enemies. They speak against you as evildoers. See Ac 17:6. The Jews often accused Christians to heathen rulers of being seditious. Because they rejected the heathen gods, they were accused of being atheists. The best way to answer these charges was to live them down. By [your] good works. Compare Mt 5:16. The day of visitation. The day when God will make all clear and the heathen shall be converted.

Discussion for 1 Peter 2

  • Angela
    what is the precept ose i find in my 1611 for 1 peter 2:10
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:5 I AM THE VINE YOU ARE THE BRANCHES HE THAT --- ABIDETH IN ME --- AND I IN HIM THE SAME BRINGETH FORTH MUCH FRUIT --FOR WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING--1 JOHN 5:14 AND THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE --IN HIM-- THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL HE HEARETH US
  • BSP
    Verse 22: Jesus was perfect and did not sin and in imitation of him we want to do all we can to make sure that we don't deliberately sin.
  • A disciple
    "..THE COVETOUS WHOM THE LORD ABHORRETH" This is a part that many might think strange, or inconsistent with the New Testament dispensation of mercy and grace. But such thinking is really inconsistent with the moral excellence and love of the truth in God. Our lives do not consist in those things we would lust after, or possess, or how through them we would hope to be admired and accepted by men.
  • BSP
    Babies long for milk and we need to form a longing for God's Word in that same way.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 1:22 SEEING YOU HAVE PURIFIED YOUR SOULS IN OBEYING THE TRUTH THROUGH THE SPIRIT UNTO UNFEIGNED LOVE OF THE BRETHREN SEE THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER WITH A PURE HEART FERVENTLY --1:23-- BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTBLE SEED BUR OF INCORRUPTIBLE --- BY THE WORD OF GOD ---WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOREVER PSALM 10:3 FOR THE WICKED BOASTETH OF HIS HEARTS DESIRE AND BLESSETH THE COVETOUS WHOM THE LORD ABHORRETH JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH --- PROFITETH NOTHING --- THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK UNTO YOU THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE JOHN 5:21 FOR AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD AND QUICKENETH THEM EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL MATTHEW 10:20 FOR IT IS NOT YOU THAT SPEAK BUT ---THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER --- WHICH SPEAKETH IN YOU PSLAM 140:8 GRANT NOT O LORD --- THE DESIRES OF THE WICKED ---FURTHER NOT HIS WICKED DEVICE LEST THEY EXALT THEMSELVES

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