1 Peter 5:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 5:12, NIV: "With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it."

1 Peter 5:12, ESV: "By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it."

1 Peter 5:12, KJV: "By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand."

1 Peter 5:12, NASB: "Through Silvanus, our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!"

1 Peter 5:12, NLT: "I have written and sent this short letter to you with the help of Silas, whom I commend to you as a faithful brother. My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God's grace for you. Stand firm in this grace. "

1 Peter 5:12, CSB: "Through Silvanus, a faithful brother (as I consider him), I have written to you briefly in order to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!"

What does 1 Peter 5:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter now closes out his letter to the Christians in Asia Minor with a personal note. Peter has written this letter through a man identified as Silvanus, or Silas, depending on the translation. In either case, most scholars suggest that this is the same man who traveled and ministered with the Apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 1:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; and 2 Thessalonians 1:1).

It's possible that Peter dictated his letter to Silvanus, who wrote the words down for him. This would be the same way in which Tertius served as Paul's secretary for the book of Romans (Romans 16:22). Or it may simply be that Peter is sending him to deliver this letter to the churches. In either case, Peter commends Silvanus to them, calling him a faithful brother.

The point of his letter, Peter writes, was to encourage them, to reinforce once more that "this"—the gospel of Jesus—is really and truly the grace of God. He exhorts them to stand fast in that grace. In other words, Peter writes to bolster their spirits and their faith, especially in light of the persecution of Christians.