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1 Peter 2:21

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For even to this were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For to this have ye been called; for Christ also has suffered for you, leaving you a model that ye should follow in his steps:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, hereunto, have ye been called; because, Christ also, suffered in your behalf, unto you, leaving behind a pattern, that ye might follow in his steps:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for to this ye were called, because Christ also did suffer for you, leaving to you an example, that ye may follow his steps,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— For hereunto ye are called: for Christ also suffred for you, leauing you an ensample that ye should folow his steppes.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For euen hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for vs, leauing vs an example, that yee should follow his steps.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— For to this purpose you were called, because Christ also died for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow in his steps.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For unto this have you been called; because the Meshiha also hath died for us, and left us this example, that in his steps we may walk.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For unto this were ye called; because the Messiah also died for us, and left us this pattern, that ye should walk in his steps.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
even y1519
[1519] Standard
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
hereunto 5124
{5124} Prime
Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing.
(1519) Complement
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
were ye called: 2564
{2564} Prime
Akin to the base of G2753; to 'call' (properly aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise).
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
because 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
also 2532
{2532} Prime
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.
suffered 3958
{3958} Prime
Apparently a primary verb (the third form used only in certain tenses for it); to experience a sensation or impression (usually painful).
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
for 5228
{5228} Prime
A primary preposition; 'over', that is, (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than. In compounds it retains many of the listed applications.
us, 2257
{2257} Prime
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
leaving 5277
{5277} Prime
A prolonged form for G5275; to leave behind, that is, bequeath.
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
us 2254
{2254} Prime
Dative plural of G1473; to (or for, with, by) us.
an example, 5261
{5261} Prime
From a compound of G5259 and G1125; an underwriting, that is, copy for imitation (figuratively).
that 2443
{2443} Prime
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
ye should follow 1872
{1872} Prime
From G1909 and G0190; to accompany.
<5661> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 512
his 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
steps: 2487
{2487} Prime
From ἰκνέομαι [[ikneomai]] (to arrive; compare G2240); a track (figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Peter 2:21

_ _ Christ’s example a proof that patient endurance under undeserved sufferings is acceptable with God.

_ _ hereunto — to the patient endurance of unmerited suffering (1 Peter 3:9). Christ is an example to servants, even as He was once in “the form of a servant.”

_ _ called — with a heavenly calling, though slaves.

_ _ for usHis dying for us is the highest exemplification of “doing well” (1 Peter 2:20). Ye must patiently suffer, being innocent, as Christ also innocently suffered (not for Himself, but for us). The oldest manuscripts for “us ... us,” read, “you ... for you.” Christ’s sufferings, while they are for an example, were also primarily sufferings “for us,” a consideration which imposes an everlasting obligation on us to please Him.

_ _ leavingbehind: so the Greek: on His departure to the Father, to His glory.

_ _ an exampleGreek, “a copy,” literally, “a writing copy” set by masters for their pupils. Christ’s precepts and sermons were the transcript of His life. Peter graphically sets before servants those features especially suited to their case.

_ _ followclose upon: so the Greek.

_ _ his stepsfootsteps, namely, of His patience combined with innocence.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Peter 2:13-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Peter 2:21

Hereunto are ye — Christians. Called — To suffer wrongfully. Leaving you an example — When he went to God. That ye might follow his steps — Of innocence and patience.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Peter 2:21

(23) For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an (g) example, that ye should follow his steps:

(23) He alleviates the grievousness of servanthood, while he shows plainly that Christ died also for servants, that they should bear so much more patiently this inequality between men who are of the same nature: moreover setting before them Christ the Lord of lords for an example, he signifies that they cannot but seem too subdued, who show themselves more grieved in the bearing of injuries, than Christ himself who was most just, and most severely of all afflicted, and yet was most patient.

(g) A metaphor of speech taken from painters and schoolmasters.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Matthew 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34-35 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. ... For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
Luke 9:23-25 And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. ... For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
Luke 14:26-27 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. ... And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Acts 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
1 Thessalonians 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.


1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
Luke 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

for us:
Some read, for you.
1 Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,


Psalms 85:13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set [us] in the way of his steps.
John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
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Ps 85:13. Mt 10:38; 16:24. Mk 8:34. Lk 9:23; 14:26; 24:26. Jn 13:15; 16:33. Ac 9:16; 14:22; 17:3. Ro 8:29. 1Co 11:1. Ep 5:2. Php 2:5. 1Th 3:3; 4:2. 2Ti 3:12. He 2:10. 1P 1:20; 2:24; 3:18; 4:1. 1Jn 2:6; 3:16. Rv 12:11.

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