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1 Peter 1:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— to [obtain] an inheritance [which is] imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— to an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance, reserved in [the] heavens for you,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Unto an inheritance, incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, reserved in the heavens for you
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in the heavens for you,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Unto an inheritance, incorruptible, and undefiled and that cannot fade, reserved in heaven for you,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— To an inheritance incorruptible, and vndefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserued in heauen for you,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and to the inheritance which is not corruptible, and not defiled, and not to be consumed, which is prepared for you in heaven,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and unfading, which is prepared for you in heaven;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
To 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
an inheritance 2817
{2817} Prime
κληρονομία
kleronomia
{klay-ron-om-ee'-ah}
From G2818; heirship, that is, (concretely) a patrimony or (generally) a possession.
incorruptible, 862
{0862} Prime
ἄφθαρτος
aphthartos
{af'-thar-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G5351; undecaying (in essence or continuance).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
undefiled, 283
{0283} Prime
ἀμίαντος
amiantos
{am-ee'-an-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G3392; unsoiled, that is, (figuratively) pure.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
that fadeth not away, 263
{0263} Prime
ἀμάραντος
amarantos
{am-ar'-an-tos}
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of G3133; unfading, that is, (by implication) perpetual.
reserved 5083
{5083} Prime
τηρέω
tereo
{tay-reh'-o}
From τηρός [[teros]] (a watch; perhaps akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), that is, to note (a prophecy; figuratively to fulfil a command); by implication to detain (in custody; figuratively to maintain); by extension to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively to keep unmarried).
z5772
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
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.
heaven 3772
{3772} Prime
οὐρανός
ouranos
{oo-ran-os'}
Perhaps from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity).
for 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
you, y5209
[5209] Standard
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
x2248
(2248) Complement
ἡμᾶς
hemas
{hay-mas'}
Accusative plural of G1473; us.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Peter 1:4

_ _ To an inheritance — the object of our “hope” (1 Peter 1:3), which is therefore not a dead, but a “living” hope. The inheritance is the believer’s already by title, being actually assigned to him; the entrance on its possession is future, and hoped for as a certainty. Being “begotten again” as a “son,” he is an “heir,” as earthly fathers beget children who shall inherit their goods. The inheritance is “salvation” (1 Peter 1:5, 1 Peter 1:9); “the grace to be brought at the revelation of Christ” (1 Peter 1:13); “a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

_ _ incorruptible — not having within the germs of death. Negations of the imperfections which meet us on every side here are the chief means of conveying to our minds a conception of the heavenly things which “have not entered into the heart of man,” and which we have not faculties now capable of fully knowing. Peter, sanguine, impulsive, and highly susceptible of outward impressions, was the more likely to feel painfully the deep-seated corruption which, lurking under the outward splendor of the loveliest of earthly things, dooms them soon to rottenness and decay.

_ _ undefiled — not stained as earthly goods by sin, either in the acquiring, or in the using of them; unsusceptible of any stain. “The rich man is either a dishonest man himself, or the heir of a dishonest man” [Jerome]. Even Israel’s inheritance was defiled by the people’s sins. Defilement intrudes even on our holy things now, whereas God’s service ought to be undefiled.

_ _ that fadeth not away — Contrast 1 Peter 1:24. Even the most delicate part of the heavenly inheritance, its bloom, continues unfading. “In substance incorruptible; in purity undefiled; in beauty unfading” [Alford].

_ _ reservedkept up (Colossians 1:5, “laid up for you in heaven,” 2 Timothy 4:8); Greek perfect, expressing a fixed and abiding state, “which has been and is reserved.” The inheritance is in security, beyond risk, out of the reach of Satan, though we for whom it is reserved are still in the midst of dangers. Still, if we be believers, we too, as well as the inheritance, are “kept” (the same Greek, John 17:12) by Jesus safely (1 Peter 1:5).

_ _ in heavenGreek, “in the heavens,” where it can neither be destroyed nor plundered. It does not follow that, because it is now laid up in heaven, it shall not hereafter be on earth also.

_ _ for you — It is secure not only in itself from all misfortune, but also from all alienation, so that no other can receive it in your stead. He had said us (1 Peter 1:3); he now turns his address to the elect in order to encourage and exhort them.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Peter 1:3-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Peter 1:4

To an inheritance — For if we are sons, then heirs. Incorruptible — Not like earthly treasures. Undefiled — Pure and holy, incapable of being itself defiled, or of being enjoyed by any polluted soul. And that fadeth not away — That never decays in its value, sweetness, or beauty, like all the enjoyments of this world, like the garlands of leaves or flowers, with which the ancient conquerors were wont to be crowned. Reserved in heaven for you — Who "by patient continuance in welldoing, seek for glory and honour and immortality."

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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an:

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
Acts 20:32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Galatians 3:18 For if the inheritance [be] of the law, [it is] no more of promise: but God gave [it] to Abraham by promise.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Colossians 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

incorruptible:

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
1 Corinthians 15:52-54 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. ... So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

undefiled:

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

fadeth:

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Isaiah 40:7-8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people [is] grass. ... The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.
James 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

reserved:

Psalms 31:19 [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Colossians 3:3-4 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. ... When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

for you:
or, for us
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Ps 31:19. Is 40:7. Ezk 47:12. Mt 25:34. Ac 20:32; 26:18. 1Co 9:25; 15:52. Ga 3:18. Ep 1:11, 14, 18. Col 1:5, 12; 3:3. 2Ti 4:8. He 9:15. Jm 1:11. 1P 3:9; 5:4. Rv 21:27.

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