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1 Peter 3:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 Who is the one who will harm you if you are zealous for what is good?
Who is the one who will harm you if you are zealous for what is good? This question is meant to imply that as a general thing, they need apprehend no evil if they lead an upright and benevolent life. The idea is, that God would, in general, protect them, though the next verse shows that the apostle did not mean to teach that there would be absolute security, for it is implied there that they might be called to suffer for righteousness’ sake. While it is true that the Savior was persecuted by wicked men, though his life was wholly spent in doing good; while it is true that the apostles were put to death, though following his example; and while it is true that good men have often suffered persecution, though laboring only to do good, still it is true as a general thing that a life of integrity and benevolence conduces to safety, even in a wicked world. Men who are upright and pure; who live to do good to others; who are characteristically benevolent; and who are imitators of God—are those who usually pass life in most tranquility and security and are often safe when nothing else would give security but confidence in their integrity. A man of a holy and pure life may, under the protection of God, rely on that character to carry him safely through the world and to bring him at last to an honored grave. Or should he be calumniated when living, and his sun set under a cloud? Still, his name will be vindicated, and justice will ultimately be done to him when he is dead. The world ultimately judges right respecting character and renders ‘honor to whom honor is due.’ Comp. Psa. 37:3–6.
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews