1 PETER 3:15



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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

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1 Peter 3:15 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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But δὲ But, and, etc But
sanctify ἁγιάσατε To make holy, i.e., (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate sanctify
the Lord κύριον Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) Lord
God Θεὸν A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
hearts: καρδίαις The heart, i.e., (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle hearts
and δὲ But, and, etc and
be (No Greek definition. English implied.)
ready ἕτοιμοι Adjusted, i.e., ready ready
always ἀεὶ "ever," by qualification regularly; by implication, earnestly always
to πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) to
give (No Greek definition. English implied.)
an answer ἀπολογίαν A plea ("apology") answer
to every man παντὶ All, any, every, the whole every man
that asketh αἰτοῦντι To ask (in genitive case) asketh
you ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
a reason λόγον Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) reason
of περὶ Properly, through (all over), i.e., around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period) of
the τὸν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
hope ἐλπίδος Expectation (abstractly or concretely) or confidence hope
that τῆς The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) that
is in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc is in
you ὑμῖν To (with or by) you you
with μετά Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) with
meekness πρᾳΰτητος Mildness, i.e., (by implication) humility meekness
and καί And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
fear: φόβου Alarm or fright fear

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  • 13  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

  • 14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

  • 15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

  • 16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

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


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