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1 Peter 4:12-19 (New American Standard)

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Share the Sufferings of Christ

12 1Beloved, do not be surprised at the 2fiery 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 3share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the 4revelation of His glory 5you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled a6for the name of Christ, 7you are blessed, 8because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that 9none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a b10troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a 11Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to 12glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment 13to begin cwith 14the household of God; and if it 15begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those 16who do not obey the 17gospel of God? 18 18AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, dWHAT WILL BECOME OF THE 19GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to 20the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
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