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Keep Fervent in Your Love

1 Therefore, since aChrist has Isuffered in the flesh, barm yourselves also with the same purpose, because che who has Isuffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 aso as to live bthe rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the cwill of God. 3 For athe time already past is sufficient [for you] to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, Ibhaving pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and IIabominable idolatries. 4 In [all] this, they are surprised that you do not run with [them] into the same excesses of adissipation, and they bmalign [you]; 5 but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge athe living and the dead. 6 For athe gospel has for this purpose been Ipreached 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.

[1] II.e. suffered death a1P 2:21 bEp 6:13 cRo 6:7
[2] aRo 6:2; Col 3:3 b1P 1:14 cMk 3:35
[3] ILit having gone in IILit lawless a1Co 12:2 bRo 13:13; Ep 2:2; 4:17ff
[4] aEp 5:18 b1P 3:16
[5] aAc 10:42; Ro 14:9; 2Ti 4:1
[6] II.e. preached in their lifetimes a1P 3:18

7aThe end of all things Iis near; therefore, bbe of sound judgment and sober [spirit] for the purpose of IIprayer. 8 Above all, akeep fervent in your love for one another, because blove covers a multitude of sins. 9 aBe hospitable to one another without bcomplaint. 10 aAs each one has received a [special] gift, employ it in serving one another as good bstewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 aWhoever speaks, [is to do so] Ias one who is speaking the butterances of God; whoever serves [is to do so] as one who is serving IIcby the strength which God supplies; so that din all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, eto whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

[7] ILit has come near IILit prayers aRo 13:11; He 9:26; Jm 5:8; 1 Jn 2:18 b1P 1:13
[8] a1P 1:22 bPv 10:12; 1Co 13:4ff; Jm 5:20
[9] a1Ti 3:2; He 13:2 bPhp 2:14
[10] aRo 12:6f b1Co 4:1
[11] ILit as utterances IILit from a1Th 2:4; Tit 2:1, 15; He 13:7 bAc 7:38 cEp 1:19; 6:10 d1Co 10:31; 1P 2:12 eRo 11:36; 1P 5:11; Rv 1:6; 5:13

Share the Sufferings of Christ

12aBeloved, do not be surprised at the bfiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you ashare the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the brevelation of His glory cyou may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled Iafor the name of Christ, byou are blessed, cbecause the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that anone of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a Ibtroublesome meddler; 16 but if [anyone suffers] as a aChristian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to bglorify God in this name. 17 For [it is] time for judgment ato begin Iwith bthe household of God; and if [it] c[begins] with us first, what [will be] the outcome for those dwho do not obey the egospel of God? 18 aAND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, IWHAT WILL BECOME OF THE bGODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to athe will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

[12] a1P 2:11 b1P 1:6f
[13] aRo 8:17; 2Co 1:5; 4:10; Php 3:10 b2Ti 2:12 c1P 1:7; 5:1
[14] ILit in aJn 15:21; He 11:26; 1P 4:16 bMt 5:11; Lk 6:22; Ac 5:41 c2Co 4:10f, 16
[15] ILit one who oversees others’ affairs a1P 2:19f; 3:17 b1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:11; 1Ti 5:13
[16] aAc 5:41; 28:22; Jm 2:7 b1P 4:11
[17] ILit from aJr 25:29; Ezk 9:6; Am 3:2 b1Ti 3:15; He 3:6; 1P 2:5 cRo 2:9 d2Th 1:8 eRo 1:1
[18] ILit where will appear aPv 11:31; Lk 23:31 b1Ti 1:9
[19] a1P 3:17


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He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the example of Christ, and the consideration of the general end that now approacheth:

1 ¶ Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3 For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]: 5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10 As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

[1] Is 1:16; Ezk 16:41; Ro 6:2, 7, 11; 13:12; Ga 2:20; 5:24; Php 2:5; Col 3:3; He 4:10; 12:3; 1P 3:18.
[2] Ps 143:10; Ho 6:7; Mt 7:21; 12:50; 21:31; Mk 3:35; 7:21; Jn 1:13; 7:17; Ro 6:11; 7:4; 12:2; 14:7; 2Co 5:15; Ga 2:19; Ep 2:3; 4:17, 22; 5:7, 17; 6:6; Col 1:9; 3:7; 4:12; 1Th 5:18; Tit 3:3; He 13:21; Jm 1:18; 1P 2:1, 14, 15; 1Jn 2:17.
[3] Dt 12:30; 2S 13:28; 1K 21:26; 2Ch 15:8; Pv 23:29; Is 5:11; 28:7; 65:4; Jr 16:18; Ezk 44:6; 45:9; Mk 7:22; Ac 17:30; Ro 1:20; 8:12; 1Co 6:11; 2Co 12:21; Ga 5:19, 21; Ep 2:2; 4:17, 19; 5:18; 1Th 4:5; Tit 3:3; 1P 1:14; Jde 1:4; Rv 17:4.
[4] Mt 23:25; Lk 15:13; Ac 13:45; 18:6; Ro 13:13; 1P 2:12; 3:16; 2P 2:12, 22; Jde 1:10.
[5] Ps 1:6; Ec 12:14; Ezk 18:30; Mal 3:13; Mt 12:36; 25:31; Lk 16:2; Jn 5:22, 28; Ac 10:42; 17:31; Ro 14:10, 12; 1Co 15:51; 2Ti 4:1; Jm 5:9; Jde 1:14.
[6] Mt 24:9; Jn 5:25; Ro 8:2, 9; 1Co 11:31; Ga 2:19; 5:25; Ep 2:3; Tit 3:3; 1P 3:19; 4:1; Rv 14:18.
[7] Ec 7:2; Jr 5:31; Ezk 7:2, 6; Mt 24:13, 42; 25:13; 26:38; Mk 13:33; 14:37; Lk 21:34, 36; 22:46; Ro 12:12; 13:12; 1Co 7:29; 15:24; Ep 6:18; Php 4:5; Col 4:2; 1Th 5:6; 2Ti 4:5; Tit 2:12; He 10:25; Jm 5:8; 1P 1:13; 3:7; 5:8; 2P 3:9; 1Jn 2:18; Rv 16:15.
[8] Pv 10:12; 12:16; 17:9; 18:13; 1Co 13:1, 7; 14:1; Col 3:14; 1Th 3:12; 4:9; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 1:5; He 13:1; Jm 5:12, 20; 1P 1:22; 2P 1:6; 3Jn 1:2.
[9] Ro 12:13; 16:23; 2Co 9:7; Php 2:14; 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:8; Phm 1:14; He 13:2, 16; Jm 5:9.
[10] Mt 20:28; 24:14, 21, 45; 25:14, 44; Mk 10:45; Lk 8:3; 12:42; 16:1; 19:13; Ro 12:6; 15:25, 27; 1Co 3:10; 4:1, 7; 12:4; 15:10; 2Co 6:1; 9:1; Ep 3:8; 4:11; 2Ti 1:18; Tit 1:7; He 6:10.
[11] 1Ch 29:11; Ps 145:13; Is 8:20; Jr 23:22; Dn 4:3, 34; 7:14; Mt 6:13; Ac 7:38; Ro 3:2; 12:6; 16:27; 1Co 3:10; 6:20; 10:31; 12:4; 2Co 9:13; Ep 3:20, 21; 4:29; 5:20; Php 1:11; 2:11; Col 4:6; 1Ti 1:17; 6:16; He 5:12; Jm 1:19, 26; 3:1; 1P 2:5; 4:10; 5:11; Jde 1:25; Rv 1:5; 5:12.

and comforteth them against persecution.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16 Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

[12] Is 28:21; Dn 11:35; 1Co 3:13; 10:13; 1Th 3:2; 2Ti 3:12; 1P 1:7; 4:4; 5:9.
[13] Is 25:9; 35:10; 51:11; Mt 5:12; 16:27; 25:21, 23, 31, 34; Mk 8:38; Lk 6:22; 17:30; Ac 5:41; 16:25; Ro 5:3; 8:17; 2Co 1:7; 4:10, 17; 12:9; Php 3:10; Col 1:24; 2Th 1:7; 2Ti 2:12; Jm 1:2; 1P 1:5, 6, 8, 13; 5:1, 10; Rv 1:7, 9.
[14] Nu 11:25; 1K 10:8; 2K 2:15; Ps 32:1; 49:9; 89:51; 146:5; Is 11:2; 51:7; Mt 5:11, 16; Lk 6:22; Jn 7:47; 8:48; 9:28, 34; Ac 13:45; 18:6; 2Co 12:10; Ga 1:24; 2Th 1:10; Jm 1:12; 5:11; 1P 2:12, 19; 3:14, 16; 4:4; 2P 2:2.
[15] Mt 5:11; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:11; 1Ti 5:13; 2Ti 2:9; 1P 2:20.
[16] Is 24:15; 50:7; 54:4; Ac 5:41; 11:26; 26:28; Ro 5:2; Ep 3:13; Php 1:20, 29; 2Ti 1:12; He 12:2; Jm 1:2; 1P 3:17; 4:19.
[17] Is 10:12; Jr 25:29; 49:12; Ezk 9:6; Mal 3:5; Mt 3:9; 11:20; Lk 10:12; 12:47; 23:31; Ga 3:1; 5:7; 2Th 1:8; He 2:2, 4; 5:9; 11:8; 12:24; 1P 2:8.
[18] Gn 13:13; 1S 15:18; Ps 1:4; Pv 11:31; Jr 25:29; Ezk 18:24; Zc 13:9; Mt 24:22; Mk 13:20; Lk 15:1; 23:31; Ac 14:22; 27:24, 31, 42; Ro 1:18; 5:6, 8; 1Co 10:12; He 4:1; 10:38; 1P 5:8; 2P 2:5; 3:7; Jde 1:15.
[19] Es 4:16; Ps 31:5; 37:5; 138:8; 146:5; Is 40:27; 43:7, 21; 51:12; 54:16; Jr 26:11; Dn 3:16; 6:10, 22; Lk 23:46; Ac 7:59; 21:11; Ro 2:7; Col 1:16; 2Ti 1:12; He 1:2; 1P 2:15; 3:17; 4:12; Rv 4:10; 5:9.


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