Be holy not happy


1 Peter Chapter 1 Verse 15 states:
Be just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.

One minister declared that some people take this verse and replace the word holy with happy.


But being holy leads to real happiness so he is wrong … :confused: Only holiness fulfils… Only fulfilment leads to happiness, maybe his definition of holiness?


I wish all queries was as simple as this one.
The question is should 1 Pet 1:15 have ‘holy’ or ‘happy’.
The question is not which makes more sense, it is what does the text say.
The Greek word is ἅγιος which is ‘holy’ not happy. As you can see below not one translation uses ‘happy’.

241 ἅγιος, ία, ον as the quality of persons or things that can be brought near or into God’s presence holy; (1) of things set apart for God’s purpose dedicated, sacred, holy (MT 4.5), opposite κοινός (not consecrated, common); (2) of persons** holy,** pure, consecrated to God (LU 1.70); (3) of supernatural beings, as God (JN 17.11), Christ (LU 1.35), the Spirit of God (MK 12.36), angels (MK 8.38)** holy**; (4) superlative ἁγιώτατος, τάτη, ον most holy, very pure or sincere (JU 20); (5) as a substantive; (a) ὁ ἅ. the Holy One, as a designation for God (1J 2.20) and Christ (MK 1.24); plural οἱ ἅγιοι the holy ones, as a designation for angels (1TH 3.13); as human beings belonging to God saints, God’s people, believers (AC 9.13); (b) neuter τὸ ἅγιον what is holy, what is dedicated to God (MT 7.6); as a place dedicated to God sanctuary, holy place (HE 9.1); plural ἅγια holy place, (outer) sanctuary (HE 9.2); ἅγια ἁγίων most sacred place, inner sanctuary, very holy place (HE 9.3)

BNT 1 Peter 1:15 ἀλλὰ κατὰ τὸν καλέσαντα ὑμᾶς **ἅγιον **καὶ αὐτοὶ ἅγιοι ἐν πάσῃ ἀναστροφῇ γενήθητε,

NAB 1 Peter 1:15 but, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct,

NRS 1 Peter 1:15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;

NAU 1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

RSV 1 Peter 1:15 but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;

NJB 1 Peter 1:15 but as obedient children, be yourselves holy in all your activity, after the model of the Holy One who calls us,

ESV 1 Peter 1:15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,

NIB 1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;

NET 1 Peter 1:15 but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct,

VULM 1 Peter 1:15 sed secundum eum qui vocavit vos sanctum et ipsi sancti in omni conversatione sitis


When they mean the same, you will have achieved the verses intention.


“Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Mt 5:4)

“Woe to you that now laugh: for you shall mourn and weep.” (Lk 6:25)

Consider the Angelic Doctor’s commentary on the Beatitudes in his Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. I would like to someone with authority reconcile his teaching with the teachings of Pope Francis.


Shoot, now I’m gonna be singing that at random moments all day.


The word “Holy” is used in the text.
I checked the text on three other languages- Ukrainean, Romanian and Russian.:slight_smile:
1 Петра 1:15 “но, по примеру призвавшего вас Святаго, и сами будьте святы во всех поступках.”
1.Petru 1:15.Ci, după Sfântul Care v-a chemat pe voi, fiţi şi voi înşivă sfinţi în toată petrecerea vieţii.
1 Петра 1:15 “але за Святим, що покликав вас, будьте й самі святі в усім вашім поводженні”


Being holy means following the steps of Jesus in everything you do, such as carrying your cross, turning the other cheeks, loving God above all, and being good to the poor, the afflicted etc., and turning away from Satan at all times.

Holiness does bring a peace, but not manic happiness. I suppose it depends on your definition of happiness. It definitely doesn’t mean something like the American Dream, or the Doctrine of Prosperity!


P.S. Is that happening to anyone else?

Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh, be happy not holy
Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh



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