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THE FIRST EPISTLE
OF
PETER

CHAPTER 4

C. Arming Themselves
with the Mind of Christ for Suffering
4:1-6


1 Since Christ therefore has asuffered in the flesh, you also 2barm yourselves with the 3same mind (because he who has 4suffered in the flesh has ceased from csin),

2 1aNo longer to blive the rest of the time in the flesh in the clusts of men, but in the dwill of God.

3 For the time which has passed is asufficient for you to have carried out the 1desire of the bGentiles, having gone on 2in licentiousness, lusts, debaucheries, carousings, drinking bouts, and lawless idolatries.

4 In this they think it 1strange that you are not 2running together with them into the same 3flood of adissoluteness, 4slandering you;

5 1Who will 2arender an account to bHim who is ready to 3judge the living and the dead.

6 For unto this end the gospel was announced also to 1those who are now dead, that they might be 2ajudged in the flesh according to men but live in the 3spirit according to God.


D. As Good Stewards of the Varied Grace of God
4:7-11


7 But the 1end of all things has drawn anear. Therefore 2be sober-minded and 3be bsober unto cprayers.

8 Above all, have afervent love among yourselves, because blove ccovers a multitude of sins.

9 Be ahospitable to one another without bmurmuring,

10 aEach one, as he has received a gift, 1ministering it among yourselves as good bstewards of the 2varied cgrace of God.

11 If anyone speaks, as speaking 1aoracles of God; if anyone ministers, as ministering out of the strength which God 2bsupplies; that in all things God may be cglorified 3through Jesus Christ, dto whom is the 4glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.


E. Rejoicing in Sharing the Sufferings of Christ
4:12-19

12 Beloved, do not think that the 1afiery ordeal among you, coming to you for a 2btrial, is 3strange, as if it were a 3strange thing happening to you;

13 But inasmuch as you share in the asufferings of Christ, brejoice, so that also at the crevelation of His glory you may rejoice dexultingly.

14 If you are areproached in the 1name of bChrist, you are cblessed, because 2the Spirit of glory and of God 3rests upon you.

15 For let none of you asuffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a 1bmeddler into others' affairs;

16 But if as a 1aChristian, let him not be bashamed, but let him 2cglorify God in this name.

17 For it is time for the 1ajudgment to bbegin from the 2house of God; and if cfirst from us, 3what will be the end of those who 4ddisobey the gospel of God?

18 And if the 1righteous man is 2saved only with difficulty, where will the aungodly and the sinner 3appear?

19 So then let those 1also who asuffer according to the 2bwill of God 3ccommit their 4souls in 5dwell-doing to a faithful 6eCreator.