1 Peter 4 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Christ suffered in his body. So get ready as a soldier does. Prepare yourselves to think in the same way Christ did. Do it because those who have suffered in their bodies are finished 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 As a result, they don't live the rest of their lives on earth controlled by evil human longings. Instead, they live to do what God wants. 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 ungodly people choose to do. You lived a wild life. You longed for evil things. You got drunk. You went to wild parties. You worshiped statues of gods. The Lord hates that. 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 Ungodly people think that it's strange when you no longer join them in what they do. They want you to rush into the same flood of wasteful living. So they say bad things about 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 explain their actions to God. He 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's why the good news was preached even to people who are now dead. Human judges said they were guilty as far as their bodies were concerned. But God set their spirits free to live as he wanted them to. 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. So keep a clear mind. Control yourselves. Then you can pray. 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8 Most of all, love one another deeply. Love erases many sins by forgiving them. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9 Welcome others into your homes without complaining. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 God's gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11 If you speak, you should do it like one speaking God's very words. If you serve, you should do it with the strength God provides. Then in all things God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Give him the glory and the power for ever 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 Dear friends, don't be surprised by the painful suffering you are going through. Don't feel as if something strange 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 Be joyful that you are taking part in Christ's sufferings. Then you will be filled with joy when Christ returns in glory. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
14 Suppose people make fun of you because you believe in Christ. Then you are blessed, because God's Spirit rests on you. He is the Spirit of glory. 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 Suppose you suffer. Then it shouldn't be because you are a murderer or a thief. It shouldn't be because you do evil things. It shouldn't be because you poke your nose into other people's business. 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 But suppose you suffer for being a Christian. Then don't be ashamed. Instead, praise God because you are known by that name. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
17 It is time for people to be judged. It will begin with the family of God. And since it begins with us, what will happen to people who don't obey God's good news? 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 Scripture says, "Suppose it is hard for godly people to be saved. Then what will happen to ungodly people and sinners?" #1(Proverbs 11:31)#2 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
19 Some people will suffer because God has planned it that way. They should commit themselves to their faithful Creator. And they should continue to do good. 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.