1 Peter 4

Keep Fervent in Your Love

1Therefore, since a  Christ has
I.e. suffered death
suffered in the flesh c  arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because d  he who has
I.e. suffered death
suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
2 f  so as to live g  the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the h  will of God. 3For i  the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles,
Lit having gone in
k  having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and
Lit lawless
abominable idolatries.
4In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of m  dissipation, and they n  malign you; 5but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge o  the living and the dead. 6For p  the gospel has for this purpose been
I.e. preached in their lifetimes
preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.

7 r  The end of all things
Lit has come near
is near; therefore t  be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of
Lit prayers
8Above all v  keep fervent in your love for one another, because w  love covers a multitude of sins. 9 x  Be hospitable to one another without y  complaint. 10 z  As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good aa  stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 ab  Whoever speaks, is to do so
Lit as utterances
as one who is speaking the ad  utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving
Lit from
af  by the strength which God supplies; so that ag  in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ ah  to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Share the Sufferings of Christ

12 ai  Beloved, do not be surprised at the aj  fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13but to the degree that you ak  share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the al  revelation of His glory am  you may rejoice with exultation. 14If you are reviled
Lit in
ao  for the name of Christ ap  you are blessed aq  because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15Make sure that ar  none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a
Lit one who oversees others’ affairs
at  troublesome meddler;
16but if anyone suffers as a au  Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to av  glorify God in this name. 17For it is time for judgment aw  to begin
Lit from
with ay  the household of God; and if it az  begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those ba  who do not obey the bb  gospel of God?
18 bc  And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved
Lit where will appear
what will become of the be  godless man and the sinner?
19Therefore, those also who suffer according to bf  the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
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