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1 Peter 1:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in [the time of] your ignorance:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts [which were yours] in your ignorance,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— as children of obedience, not conformed to [your] former lusts in your ignorance;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— As obedient persons, not configuring yourselves unto your former covetings in your ignorance:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves to the former desires in your ignorance,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— As children of obedience, not fashioned according to the former desires of your ignorance,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As obedient children, not fashioning your selues according to the former lusts, in your ignorance:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— as obedient children, and not partaking again of the former desires which you desired when ignorant.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— as obedient children: and be ye not conversant again with those former lusts, with which ye lusted when without knowledge.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As 5613
{5613} Prime
Probably adverb of comparative from G3739; which how, that is, in that manner (very variously used as shown).
obedient 5218
{5218} Prime
From G5219; attentive hearkening, that is, (by implication) compliance or submission.
children, 5043
{5043} Prime
From the base of G5098; a child (as produced).
not 3361
{3361} Prime
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
fashioning yourselves x4964
(4964) Complement
From G4862 and a derivative of G4976; to fashion alike, that is, conform to the same pattern (figuratively).
according to y4964
[4964] Standard
From G4862 and a derivative of G4976; to fashion alike, that is, conform to the same pattern (figuratively).
<5730> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Either Middle or Passive (See G5787)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 13
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
former 4386
{4386} Prime
Neuter of G4387 as adverb (with or without the article); previously.
lusts 1939
{1939} Prime
From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden).
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
your 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
ignorance: 52
{0052} Prime
From G0050; ignorance (properly the quality).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Peter 1:14

_ _ From sobriety of spirit and endurance of hope Peter passes to obedience, holiness, and reverential fear.

_ _ As — marking their present actual character as “born again” (1 Peter 1:3, 1 Peter 1:22).

_ _ obedient childrenGreek, “children of obedience”: children to whom obedience is their characteristic and ruling nature, as a child is of the same nature as the mother and father. Contrast Ephesians 5:6, “the children of disobedience.” Compare 1 Peter 1:17, “obeying the Father” whose “children” ye are. Having the obedience of faith (compare 1 Peter 1:22) and so of practice (compare 1 Peter 1:16, 1 Peter 1:18). “Faith is the highest obedience, because discharged to the highest command” [Luther].

_ _ fashioning — The outward fashion (Greek,schema”) is fleeting, and merely on the surface. The “form,” or conformation in the New Testament, is something deeper and more perfect and essential.

_ _ the former lusts in — which were characteristic of your state of ignorance of God: true of both Jews and Gentiles. The sanctification is first described negatively (1 Peter 1:14, “not fashioning yourselves,” etc.; the putting off the old man, even in the outward fashion, as well as in the inward conformation), then positively (1 Peter 1:15, putting on the new man, compare Ephesians 4:22, Ephesians 4:24). “Lusts” flow from the original birth-sin (inherited from our first parents, who by self-willed desire brought sin into the world), the lust which, ever since man has been alienated from God, seeks to fill up with earthly things the emptiness of his being; the manifold forms which the mother-lust assumes are called in the plural lusts. In the regenerate, as far as the new man is concerned, which constitutes his truest self, “sin” no longer exists; but in the flesh or old man it does. Hence arises the conflict, uninterruptedly maintained through life, wherein the new man in the main prevails, and at last completely. But the natural man knows only the combat of his lusts with one another, or with the law, without power to conquer them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Peter 1:13-23.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Peter 1:14

Your desires — Which ye had while ye were ignorant of God.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Peter 1:14

(8) As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

(8) He passes from faith and hope, to the fruits of them both, which are understood in the name of obedience. It consists in two things, in renouncing our lusts, and living godly: which lusts have their beginning in that blindness in which all men are born: but holiness proceeds that the father and the children may be of one disposition.

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Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.


1 Peter 4:2-3 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. ... For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ephesians 4:18-22 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: ... That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Colossians 3:5-7 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: ... In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.


Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
Titus 3:3-5 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. ... Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
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