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

  • Felicia
    Lu2677
    Jacoba - You are both right in your teaching. There are many reasons why God does a lot of things and He does it all for His own glory whether out of compassion or to show His power or for our good etc. Let's add John 9:1-3 to the discussion. This is e-home cell we have online I enjoy the contributions. Let's continue to glean through scriptures to build ourselves up in all humility.
  • Librarygal143
    Indeed, thank you Lord!
  • Jacoba
    Luk2677. Jesus is compassionate, you can be compassionate, I can be compassionate; so can anybody and certainly Jesus taught that we should be; but His miracles were to prove He was from God. The apostles preformed miracles to prove their words came from God. I love to talk about the Bible and enjoy discussions about the Bible. That is what apostle Paul told us to do, reason together.
  • Lu2677
    Jacoba,another post you said "Jesus healed to prove he is the Son of God".Matthew 14;14(He healed to show his compassion)Matthew 8;8(the man called him"Lord" before God healed his servant)Mark 1;34(He healed many but would not let the devils speak after he cast them out because they knew who he was, he did not want the people to know},etc. His miracles were not to prove who he is.
  • Jacoba
    This chapter is a very good thing to read completely when you have a bad attitude or are just plain mad.
  • Mt ochrymowicz
    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 peter 2:9

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