“And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
King James Version (KJV)
4:18 If the righteous scarcely be saved - Escape with the utmost difficulty. Where shall the ungodly - The man who knows not God. And the open sinner appear - In that day of vengeance. The salvation here primarily spoken of is of a temporal nature. But we may apply the words to eternal things, and then they are still more awful. #Prov 11:31|.
1Pe 4:18 If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? A passage quoted from Pr 11:31. The idea is that if sufferings and judgments (chastenings) come upon good people, what hope is there for the wicked?