1 Peter 4
4 1Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm ye yourselves also
with the same mind; for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from
2that ye no longer should live the rest of your time in flesh to the
lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3For the time past may suffice to
have wrought the desire of the Gentiles, and to have walked in
lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, revellings, carousings, and abominable
4wherein they think strange that ye run not with them
into the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
give account to him that is ready to judge the living and the dead.
unto this end was the gospel preached even to the dead, that they might be
judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the
7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound
mind, and be sober unto prayer:
8above all things being fervent in your
love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins:
hospitality one to another without murmuring:
10according as each hath
received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God;
11if any man speaketh, speaking as it were
oracles of God; is any man ministereth, ministering as of the
strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through
Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you,
which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto
13but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice;
that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy.
14If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are ye;
because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God resteth upon you.
15For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer,
or as a meddler in other men's matters:
16but if a man suffer as
a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.
17For the time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God:
and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them
that obey not the gospel of God?
18And if the righteous is scarcely
saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?
19Wherefore let them
also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in
well-doing unto a faithful Creator.