1 Peter 2:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 2:24, NIV: "He himself bore our sins' in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; 'by his wounds you have been healed.'"

1 Peter 2:24, ESV: "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."

1 Peter 2:24, KJV: "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 2:24, NASB: "and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."

1 Peter 2:24, NLT: "He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed."

1 Peter 2:24, CSB: "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."

What does 1 Peter 2:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In the previous verse, Peter described Jesus' refusal to retaliate against those who mistreated Him. Jesus chose this path because He trusted the Father to be the just judge, to make all things right. Jesus suffered for doing good, without fighting back, so He could fulfill His purpose. Verse 24 describes exactly what that purpose was.

If Jesus had not willingly endured unjust suffering, we would have remained lost in our sin. Instead, Jesus bore, or "carried," our sins on the cross. He actually died in order to pay the penalty for our sinful actions. He became our substitute, dying the death we deserved. God, the one who judges justly (1 Peter 2:23) judged Christ for our sin in that moment, pouring out His wrath on His own Son to satisfy the payment for our sin. He endured suffering so we could die to sin. In that action, by God's grace and through our faith in Christ, we have been freed. Believers are free from the price of our own sin, and from the power of sin to poison our choices. Now, thanks to Jesus' suffering, Christians can live righteously. We don't have to sin; we are free to make right choices that please and honor our God (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The verse ends by quoting Isaiah 53:5, a profound play on words. As Christians, we have been healed from the penalty and power of our sin by Christ's wounds, by His death in our place, by His suffering for our good. The wounds—the suffering—of Jesus are the means by which Christians are healed—forgiven by God for our sins. This reference is not about physical conditions, but our spiritual destiny.