1 Peter 4:9-19 (New American Standard)

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9 1Be hospitable to one another without 2complaint. 10 3As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good 4stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 5Whoever speaks, is to do so aas one who is speaking the 6utterances of God ; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving b7by the strength which God supplies ; so that 8in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, 9to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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12 10Beloved, do not be surprised at the 11fiery 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 12share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the 13revelation of His glory 14you may rejoice with exultation. 14 If you are reviled c15for the name of Christ, 16you are blessed, 17because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 Make sure that 18none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a d19troublesome meddler ; 16 but if anyone suffers as a 20Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to 21glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment 22to begin ewith 23the household of God ; and if it 24begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those 25who do not obey the 26gospel of God ? 18 27AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, fWHAT WILL BECOME OF THE 28GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER ? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to 29the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
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