1 PETER 2:21



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“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

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1 Peter 2:21 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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For γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) For
even were ye εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases even
hereunto τοῦτο That thing hereunto
called: ἐκλήθητε To "call" (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise) called
because ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because because
Christ Χριστὸς Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ
also καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words also
suffered ἔπαθεν To experience a sensation or impression (usually painful) suffered
for ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than for
us, ἡμῶν Of (or from) us us
leaving ὑπολιμπάνων To leave behind, i.e., bequeath leaving
us ἡμῖν To (or for, with, by) us us
an example, ὑπογραμμὸν An underwriting, i.e., copy for imitation (figuratively) example
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
ye should follow ἐπακολουθήσητε To accompany should follow
his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
steps: ἴχνεσιν A track (figuratively) steps

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  • 19  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

  • 20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

  • 21  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

  • 22  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

  • 23  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:


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