1 Peter 4:17

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the time is come that iudgement must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at vs, what shall the ende bee of them that obey not the Gospel of God?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For {it is} time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if {it} {begins} with us first, what {will be} the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For the time `is come' for judgment to begin at the house of God: and if `it begin' first at us, what `shall be' the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the time has come for the judging, starting with the church of God; but if it makes a start with us, what will be the end of those who are not under the rule of God?
- Basic English Bible

For the time of having the judgment begin from the house of God [is come]; but if first from us, what [shall be] the end of those who obey not the glad tidings of God?
- Darby Bible

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first beginneth at us, what will be the end of them that obey not the gospel of God?
- Webster's Bible

For the time has come for judgement to begin, and to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who reject God's Good News?
- Weymouth Bible

For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who don't obey the Good News of God?
- World English Bible

For tyme is, that doom bigynne at Goddis hous; and if it bigynne first at vs, what ende schal be of hem, that bileuen not to the gospel?
- Wycliffe Bible

because it is the time of the beginning of the judgment from the house of God, and if first from us, what the end of those disobedient to the good news of God?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 4:17


4:17 The time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God - God first visits his church, and that both in justice and mercy. What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel - How terribly will he visit them! The judgments which are milder at the beginning, grow more and more severe. But good men, having already sustained their part, are only spectators of the miseries of the wicked.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 4:17


1Pe 4:17 The time [is come] that judgment must begin. Judgment begins at the house of God, the church. In Matthew, Mt 25:32-34, the righteous are judged first. If [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them? If even the righteous are called to judgment, what shall be the fate of the disobedient?

Discussion for 1 Peter 4:17

  • I believe God is most likely talking about believers who are living a hypocrite life yes,they talk about God but their heart is far from him, they only give lip service.God is warning them to repent of the hypocrisy behavior before it 's too late.
  • Donna Burrell for verse 17
    I totally agree with it ' because I think the righteous ' the ones proclaiming to be righteous, and in God 's house should be judged first, although God already knows who we are, and he said in his word that he is coming back for the church, u And those that reject God, or reject the Good News of God, he too will be judge accordinaly '
  • Willie tuggle for verse 17
    When Peter said if it begins it begins with us, is he talking about the church or elders?
    1 Peter 4:17.
  • Greetings brethren.

    I think Peter addressing the Jews, believers and non believers, talks about the house of God( the temple in Jerusalem). The temple was destroyed about 10 years later.hence, he wasn't contradicting our standing after salvation.

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