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

  • Mike
    Since we live in a world where there is Injustice, we want to remain humble and return evil for evil to no one.
  • A disciple
    I wonder how verses 1-6 are NOT taught to our women here in the West! What a beautiful and edifying thing it is, to know and understand, and practice, ALL THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED AND MADE! God has made everything in His wisdom and knowledge, very good; and it is our greatest comfort and joy and glory, to be perfect in the character and nature that He made us to be. Remember the iniquity of Satan!
  • Irene123
    1 Pet. 3:15 - "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts ..... "; the word 'sanctify' tripped me up - until I asked an elder about it. I had always read or heard that God sanctified us; how could we sanctify Him? By setting Him apart in our daily walk. He sets us apart to Himself from the world, we set Him apart in our lives, how we live holily for Him, in His will.
  • Isaac Niitan Cofie for verse 19
    In fact the Bible interpretation comes only from the Father our God Peter just want to state that that Jesus Christ preached also to the dead during the three days death before the resurrection those dead from the time of Adam till the day of crucification
  • Bruce
    Marta: the statement you made, where did that come from? I never heard of that one.
  • John H
    Baptism is an outward sign of an inward cleansing

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