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1 Peter 3:9 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
Not rendering evil for evil. See Matt. 5:39, 44; Rom. 12:17.
Or insult for insult. See 1 Tim. 6:4. Comp. Mark 15:29; Luke 23:39.
But giving a blessing instead. In a spirit contrary to this. See Matt. 5:44.
For you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. ‘Knowing that you were called to be Christians in order that you should obtain a blessing infinite and eternal in the heavens. Expecting such a blessing yourselves, you should be ready to scatter blessings on all others. You should be ready to bear all their reproaches and even to wish them well. The hope of eternal life should make your minds calm, and the prospect that you are to be so exalted in heaven should fill your hearts with benignity and love.’ There is nothing that is better fitted to cause our hearts to overflowing with benignity, to make us ready to forgive all others when they injure us than the hope of salvation. Cherishing such a hope ourselves, we cannot but wish that all others may share it, and this will lead us to wish for them every blessing. A man who has a hope of heaven should abound in every virtue and show that he is a sincere well-wisher of the race. Why should one who expects soon to be in heaven harbor malice in his bosom? Why should he wish to injure a fellow worm? How can he?
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews