1 Peter 5:8

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be sober, be vigilant: because your aduersary the deuill, as a roaring Lion walketh about, seeking whom he may deuoure.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Be of sober {spirit,} be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be serious and keep watch; the Evil One, who is against you, goes about like a lion with open mouth in search of food;
- Basic English Bible

Be vigilant, watch. Your adversary [the] devil as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour.
- Darby Bible

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
- Webster's Bible

Curb every passion, and be on the alert. Your great accuser, the Devil, is going about like a roaring lion to see whom he can devour.
- Weymouth Bible

Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
- World English Bible

Be ye sobre, and wake ye, for youre aduersarie, the deuel, as a rorynge lioun goith aboute, sechinge whom he schal deuoure.
- Wycliffe Bible

Be sober, vigilant, because your opponent the devil, as a roaring lion, doth walk about, seeking whom he may swallow up,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 5:8


5:8 But in the mean time watch. There is a close connexion between this, and the duly casting our care upon him. How deeply had St. Peter himself suffered for want of watching! Be vigilant - As if he had said, Awake, and keep awake. Sleep no more: be this your care. As a roaring lion - Full of rage. Seeking - With all subtilty likewise. Whom he may devour or swallow up - Both soul and body.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 5:8


1Pe 5:8 Be sober. Sobriety is necessary to vigilance. Be vigilant. Wide awake and watchful. The reason follows. An enemy is ready to spring upon them. The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. He goeth about as the lion, seeking for prey. The lion while hunting only roars when it springs. So the devil is stealthy and does not give warning of his approach.

Discussion for 1 Peter 5:8

  • Abcimoh for verse 8
    Jehovah God really loves us that's why He gave us this word to use it 4 our protection. The devil uses any means to attack us, it can be through anybody, or anything as our weak point to. But we must take a stand against him by being firm in the faith, n according to Ephesians 6 13, putting up the complete suit of armor 4rm God n he will flee
  • Gillian Larmond for verse 8
    Points taken and agreed with. We have to be focus, be on guard, be in-tuned with the will of God through His words and be spiritually prepared for any attack of the adversary. God bless us all as we continue to walk in His light.
  • Sometimes if we are not careful, we get drunk on the cares of this life, we get caught up, tied up, tangled,and we neglect to seek The Lord, and watch for his second coming.
  • To be sober means to be in a conscious state of mind that enables you to think clearly. To be vigilant is to be watchful and have an awareness of the your surroundings. The enemy uses anyone and anything to entice of provoke. Pray in the spirit and fortify yourself with the word of God.
  • Daniel elita phiri for verse 8
    A roarling lion is sleepless when its hungery, so being vigilant or rather watchful should indeed be the behaviour of every tru christian. Being sobar does not imply to the drunkards only. Remember an idol mind is the workshop of the devil.
  • Reedemedtowin for verse 8
    This scripture closely read with Ephesians 5:16 "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil " tells us that we are expected to be more spiritual to win the battles of life...the devil is out and about on a warfare with spiritually empowered people...May His Grace help us to do so, in Jesus name, Amen!