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

  • 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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