1 PETER 3:9

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”

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1 Peter 3:9 Translation & Meaning

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Not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether Not
rendering ἀποδιδόντες To give away, i.e., up, over, back, etc. (in various applications) rendering
evil κακὸν Worthless (intrinsically, such; whereas G4190 properly refers to effects), i.e., (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious evil
for ἀντὶ Opposite, i.e., instead or because of (rarely in addition to) for
evil, κακοῦ Worthless (intrinsically, such; whereas G4190 properly refers to effects), i.e., (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious evil
or Disjunctive, or; comparative, than or
railing λοιδορίαν Slander or vituperation railing
for ἀντὶ Opposite, i.e., instead or because of (rarely in addition to) for
railing: λοιδορίας Slander or vituperation railing
but δὲ But, and, etc but
contrariwise τοὐναντίον On the contrary contrariwise
blessing; εὐλογοῦντες To speak well of, i.e., (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper) blessing
knowing εἰδότες Used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent G3700 and G3708; properly, to see (literally or figuratively); by implication, (in the perfect tense only) to know knowing
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
ye are ἐκλήθητε To "call" (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise) are
thereunto εἰς To or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases thereunto
called, ἐκλήθητε To "call" (properly, aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise) called
that ἵνα In order that (denoting the purpose or the result) that
ye should inherit κληρονομήσητε To be an heir to (literally or figuratively) should inherit
a blessing. εὐλογίαν Fine speaking, i.e., elegance of language; commendation ("eulogy"), i.e., (reverentially) adoration; religiously, benediction; by implication, consecration; by extension, benefit or largess blessing

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  • 7  Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

  • 8  Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

  • 9  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

  • 10  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

  • 11  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.




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