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The First Epistle of Peter the Apostle

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1Peter 4

1Therefore, Christ having suffered [or, since Christ suffered] on our behalf in [the] flesh, you* also arm yourselves with the same mind [or, attitude], because the one having suffered in [the] flesh has ceased from sin, 2so as to live the remaining time in [the] flesh no longer in the lusts of people, but in [the] will of God.

3For the time of life having past [is] sufficient for us to accomplish the desire of the Gentiles, having gone [fig., lived] in flagrant sexual immorality, lusts, drunkenness, drunken orgies, drinking parties, and unlawful [fig., abominable] idolatries; 4in which they are surprised [by] your* not running with [them] into the same excess of reckless living, speaking evil of [you*], 5who will give an account to the One being prepared to judge [the] living and [the] dead. [cp. Gal 5:19-21] 6Because for this [reason] the Gospel also was proclaimed to [those now] dead, so that they shall be judged, on the one hand according to people in flesh [fig., in the current physical realm], on the other hand they shall live according to God in spirit [fig., in the spiritual realm of the afterlife].

7But the end of all [things] has drawn near. Therefore, be sober [or, clear-headed] and be self-controlled in your* prayers. 8Now above all [be] having fervent love for one another, because such love will cover a multitude of sins. 9[Be] hospitable to one another, without complaints.

10Just as each [believer] received a spiritual gift, [be] serving [with] it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold [or, widely varied] grace of God. [cp. 1Cor 12:4-7] 11When someone speaks, [let him speak] as [the] oracles [or, inspired utterances] of God. When someone serves, [let him serve] as from [the] strength [or, ability] as God supplies, so that in all [things] God shall be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the might [or, dominion] into the ages of the ages! [fig., forever and ever!] So be it!

12Beloved, stop being surprised by the fiery ordeal [or, painful suffering] taking place among you* to try you*, as [though] a strange [thing] is happening to you*. 13But to the degree that you* are sharing in the sufferings of Christ, be rejoicing, so that also in the revelation of His glory you* shall rejoice, being very glad. 14When you* are being insulted for the name of Christ, [you* are] happy [or, blessed], for the Spirit of the glory and of God [fig., the glorious Spirit of God] rests on you*. On the one hand according to them, He is being blasphemed, on the other hand according to you*, He is glorified.

15Be making sure none of you* suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evildoer, or as a meddler into other’s affairs; 16but if as a Christian, stop being ashamed, but be glorifying God in this matter. 17For [it is] the time for the judgment to begin with the house of God; but if with us first, what [will be] the end of the ones refusing to believe the Gospel of God? 18And “If the righteous [person] is scarcely [or, with difficulty is] saved, where will the ungodly and sinful [person] appear? [fig., what will become of the ungodly and sinful [person]?]” [Prov 11:31, LXX] 19So also the ones suffering according to the will of God, as to a trustworthy Creator, must be committing [or, entrusting] their souls in good doing.

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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