the righteous is repaid. Not even the righteous escape the scrutiny of judgment. The Septuagint (Greek Old Testament) translation reads, “If the righteous one is scarcely saved” (as quoted in 1 Pet. 4:18).
on earth. Or, “in the land” (2:20–22 note).
how much more the wicked. If the sins of the righteous are judged, obviously those of the ungodly are judged as well. The principle of human responsibility is clear: even the righteous must accept responsibility for their folly.