Psalm 34:14

Hebrew Bible

12 Do you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? 13 Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech. 14 Turn away from evil and do what is right. Strive for peace and promote it. 15 The Lord pays attention to the godly and hears their cry for help. 16 But the Lord opposes evildoers and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.

1 Peter 3:11

New Testament

9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing. 10 For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit. 11 And he must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 13 For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?

 Notes and References

"... Of these five characteristics listed in 1 Peter 3:8 only the word for 'compas­sionate' is found more than once in the New Testament and it is only used twice (here and in Ephesians 4:32). This unique vocabulary stresses the importance of these Christian virtues which keep one from deceitful (compare 1 Peter 2:1, 22) speech. The second exhortation, taken from Psalm 34:14, is foreshadowed by 1 Peter 3:9, do not repay evil with evil (compare Romans 12:17). Turning from evil (1 Peter 3:11) requires that there be no retaliation for ill treatment. Jesus taught this same law of love: 'If someone strikes you on the right cheek, tum to him the other also' (Matthew 5:39) ..."

Walvoord, John F. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (pp. 849-850) Victor Brooks, 1983

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