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1 Peter 4:12-19 (Lexham English Bible)

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Sharing the Sufferings of Christ

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, [when it]a takes place to test you, as [if] [something] strange were happening to you. 13 But to the degree that you share in the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, so that also at the revelation of his glory you may rejoice [and] be glad. 14 If you are reviled on account of the name of Christ, [you are] blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 By all means do not let anyone of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 But if [someone suffers] as a Christian, he must not be ashamed, but must glorify God with this name. 17 For [it is] the time for the judgment to begin out from the household of God. But if [it begins] out from us first, what will be the outcome for those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous are saved with difficulty, {what will become of the ungodly and the sinner}b?c 19 So then also those who suffer according to the will of God must entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing good.
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