1 Peter 3:17

“For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For it is better, if the will of God be so, that yee suffer for well doing, then for euill doing.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because if it is God's purpose for you to undergo pain, it is better to do so for well-doing than for evil-doing.
- Basic English Bible

For [it is] better, if the will of God should will it, to suffer [as] well-doers than [as] evildoers;
- Darby Bible

For it is better, if the will of God is so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil-doing.
- Webster's Bible

For it is better that you should suffer for doing right, if such be God's will, than for doing evil;
- Weymouth Bible

For it is better, if it is God's will, that you suffer for doing well than for doing evil.
- World English Bible

For it is betere that ye do wel, and suffre, if the wille of God wole, than doynge yuele.
- Wycliffe Bible

for [it is] better doing good, if the will of God will it, to suffer, than doing evil;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 3:17


3:17 It is infinitely better, if it be the will of God, ye should suffer. His permissive will appears from his providence.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 3:17


1Pe 3:17 For [it is] better, if the will of God is so. If God wills that we should suffer, for the Father sometimes chasteneth children (Heb 12:6,7). It is better to suffer for well doing, than for evil doing, for righteousness, than for evil. See 2Ti 3:12.

Discussion for 1 Peter 3

  • BSP
    Verse 15: In order to be ready to share our beliefs, we can practice beforehand so that we can be ready when we are asked questions.
  • BSP
    Verse 12 is comforting because it assures us that Jehovah God will protect us. He is our refuge and our strength.
  • Lucia szymanik
    Always make Jesus Christ the center of your marriage. Give the Lord your Marriage and as the scriptures read "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder. When Husband and Wife quarrel, forgive one another and pursue the peace; so Satan does not come in the Marriage to destroy it. I am living proof it works. I have been married for 49 years and counting.
  • Irene123
    Jacoba - Your commentaries are good, do not quit
  • Irene123
    1Peter3:1-6; I lo-o-ove these vs. Because - this is the situation I am in. Because I obey the Lord (His Word) He has made a way for me for almost 3 yrs. to serve Him. Before, for 5 yrs., God didn't make a way because I wasn't obeying Him, through His Word. If you are trying, wanting to live for Him - just obey His Word: Jn.14:15. To live for Jesus is so easy, even under persecution.
  • A disciple
    ...wives, be in subjection to your own husbands...husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge... It's not hard to find where in history things really started rushing out of course; and as Christians, we aren't to gauge our values by the world's. It is a real mark of a sincere conversion, that lays aside as worthless and evil, what the world in defiance toward God promotes as morally superior!

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