Parallel Verses

Amplified

For [it is] better to suffer [unjustly] for doing right, if that should be God's will, than to suffer [justly] for doing wrong.

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

International Standard Version

After all, if it is the will of God, it is better to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

A Conservative Version

For it is better to suffer doing good, if the will of God desires, than for doing evil.

American Standard Version

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

An Understandable Version

For, if it is God's will that you should suffer, it is better [for you] that it be on account of doing right than doing wrong.

Anderson New Testament

For it is better, if such be the will of God, that you suffer for doing good, than for doing evil.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Common New Testament

For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God's will, than for doing wrong.

Daniel Mace New Testament

for since it is the will of heaven you should suffer, it is better you should suffer for your virtue, than for any crimes.

Darby Translation

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

Emphatic Diaglott Bible

For it is better to suffer as well doers, if the will of God appoints it, than as evil doers.

Godbey New Testament

For it is better, doing good, if the will of the Lord should will it, to suffer, rather than doing evil.

Goodspeed New Testament

For it is better to suffer for doing right, if that should be God's will, than for doing wrong.

John Wesley New Testament

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

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For it is better (if the will of God so desires) that ye suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Julia Smith Translation

Fur better, doing good, if the will of God will, to suffer, than doing evil.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

For [it is] better to suffer for doing good, {if God wills it}, than for doing evil.

Modern King James verseion

For it is better, if the will of God wills it, to suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

It is better - if the will of God be so - that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Moffatt New Testament

For it is better to suffer for doing right (if that should be the will of God) than for doing wrong.

Montgomery New Testament

For it is better that you suffer for doing right, if such be God's will, than for doing wrong;

NET Bible

For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.

New Heart English Bible

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

Noyes New Testament

For it is better, if it be the will of God, that ye suffer for welldoing, than for evildoing.

Sawyer New Testament

For it is better to suffer doing good, if the will of God allows, than doing evil.

The Emphasized Bible

For it is, better, as well-doers, if it should please the pleasure of God, to be suffering, than, as evil-doers:

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For it is better (if it be God's will) to suffer as well doers than as evil doers.

Twentieth Century New Testament

It is better that you should suffer, if that should be God's will, for doing right, than for doing wrong.

Webster

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

Weymouth New Testament

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

Williams New Testament

For it is better, if the will of God should plan it so, to suffer for doing right than for doing wrong.

World English Bible

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

Worrell New Testament

For it is better, if the will of God should will it, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evil-doing;

Worsley New Testament

For it is better (if it be the will of God) to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Youngs Literal Translation

for it is better doing good, if the will of God will it, to suffer, than doing evil;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

it is better
κρείττων 
Kreitton 
Usage: 19

if
εἰ 
Ei 
if, whether, that, not tr,
Usage: 218

the will
θέλημα 
thelema 
will, desire, pleasure
Usage: 45

of God
θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

be so
θέλω ἐθέλω 
thelo 
will/would, will/would have, desire, desirous, list, to will,
Usage: 136

πάσχω πάθω πένθω 
Pascho 
Usage: 32

G15
ἀγαθοποιέω 
Agathopoieo 
do good, well doing, do well
Usage: 6

ἤ 
or, than, either, or else, nor, not tr,
Usage: 199

Devotionals

Devotionals containing 1 Peter 3:17

References

Context Readings

Suffer For Doing What Is Good

16 [And see to it that] your conscience is entirely clear ( unimpaired), so that, when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed [of slandering your good lives]. 17 For [it is] better to suffer [unjustly] for doing right, if that should be God's will, than to suffer [justly] for doing wrong. 18 For Christ [the Messiah Himself] died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God. In His human body He was put to death, but He was made alive in the spirit,


Cross References

1 Peter 2:20

[After all] what kind of glory [is there in it] if, when you do wrong and are punished for it, you take it patiently? But if you bear patiently with suffering [which results] when you do right and that is undeserved, it is acceptable and pleasing to God.

1 Peter 4:19

Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with God's will must do right and commit their souls [in charge as a deposit] to the One Who created [them] and will never fail [them].

Matthew 26:39

And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.

Matthew 26:42

Again a second time He went away and prayed, My Father, if this cannot pass by unless I drink it, Your will be done.

Acts 21:14

And when he would not yield to [our] persuading, we stopped [urging and imploring him], saying, The Lord's will be done!

1 Peter 2:15

For it is God's will and intention that by doing right [your good and honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons.

1 Peter 3:14

But even in case you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, [you are] blessed (happy, to be envied). Do not dread or be afraid of their threats, nor be disturbed [by their opposition].

1 Peter 4:15

But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a mischief-maker (a meddler) in the affairs of others [infringing on their rights].

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