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1 Peter 4 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Since Christ suffered physically, you too must strengthen yourselves with the same way of thinking that he had; because whoever suffers physically is no longer involved with sin. 1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.
2 From now on, then, you must live the rest of your earthly lives controlled by God's will and not by human desires. 2 As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
3 You have spent enough time in the past doing what the heathen like to do. Your lives were spent in indecency, lust, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and the disgusting worship of idols. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
4 And now the heathen are surprised when you do not join them in the same wild and reckless living, and so they insult you. 4 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.
5 But they will have to give an account of themselves to God, who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 That is why the Good News was preached also to the dead, to those who had been judged in their physical existence as everyone is judged; it was preached to them so that in their spiritual existence they may live as God lives. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert, to be able to pray. 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8 Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9 Open your homes to each other without complaining. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11 Those who preach must preach God's messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 My dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful test you are suffering, as though something unusual were happening to you. 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
14 Happy are you if you are insulted because you are Christ's followers; this means that the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 If you suffer, it must not be because you are a murderer or a thief or a criminal or a meddler in other people's affairs. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
16 However, if you suffer because you are a Christian, don't be ashamed of it, but thank God that you bear Christ's name. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
17 The time has come for judgment to begin, and God's own people are the first to be judged. If it starts with us, how will it end with those who do not believe the Good News from God? 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 As the scripture says, "It is difficult for good people to be saved; what, then, will become of godless sinners?" 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
19 So then, those who suffer because it is God's will for them, should by their good actions trust themselves completely to their Creator, who always keeps his promise. 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.