1 Peter 4

Stewards of God’s Grace

1Since therefore a  Christ suffered in the flesh,
Some manuscripts add for us; some for you
c  arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for d  whoever has suffered in the flesh e  has ceased from sin,
2 f  so as to live for g  the rest of the time in the flesh h  no longer for human passions but i  for the will of God. 3For the time that is past j  suffices k  for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of l  debauchery, and m  they malign you; 5but they will give account to him who is ready n  to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is why o  the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.

7 p  The end of all things is at hand; therefore q  be self-controlled and sober-minded r  for the sake of your prayers. 8Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since s  love covers a multitude of sins. 9 t  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 u  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another v  as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11whoever speaks, as one who speaks w  oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves x  by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything y  God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. z  To him belong glory and aa  dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Suffering as a Christian

12Beloved, do not be surprised at ab  the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice ac  insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad ad  when his glory is revealed. 14 ae  If you are insulted af  for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory
Some manuscripts insert and of power
and of God rests upon you.
15But ah  let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or ai  as a meddler. 16Yet aj  if anyone suffers as a ak  Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God al  in that name. 17For it is time for judgment am  to begin at the household of God; and an  if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who ao  do not obey the gospel of God? 18And

ap  If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”
Greek where will the ungodly and sinner appear?

19Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will ar  entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

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