1 Peter 2:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 2:25, NIV: For 'you were like sheep going astray,' but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25, ESV: For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25, KJV: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25, NASB: For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25, NLT: Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

1 Peter 2:25, CSB: For you were like sheep going astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

What does 1 Peter 2:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In verse 24, one of the most profound statements in all of Scripture, Peter described what the fully innocent Son of God accomplished with His suffering and death on the cross. He bore our sins, paid our penalty, and died our death. Through faith in Christ, we have been healed by His wounds.

In this verse, Peter again references Isaiah 53 to make the point that we were not asking to be healed. Instead, we were moving away from God like wandering sheep. As Paul writes in Romans 5:10, we were still God's enemies when Christ died for us.

Now, though, those who trust in Christ have turned around. The innocent Shepherd endured unjust suffering, without retaliation, to make it possible for us to come back to Him. The one who died on the cross for us now oversees our very souls. Christians now acknowledge Him as our leader and final authority. We are secure as members of His flock.