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1 So that as Jesus was put to death in the flesh, do you yourselves be of the same mind; for the death of the flesh puts an end to 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 So that you may give the rest of your lives in the flesh, not to the desires of men, but to the purpose of God. 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 Because for long enough, in times past, we have been living after the way of the Gentiles, given up to the desires of the flesh, to drinking and feasting and loose behaviour and unclean worship of images; 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 they are wondering that you no longer go with them in this violent wasting of life, and are saying evil things of 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 him who is ready to be the judge of 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 For this was the reason why the good news of Jesus was given even to the dead, so that they might be judged as men in the flesh, but might be living before God in the spirit. 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 But the end of all things is near: so be serious in your behaviour and keep on the watch with prayer; 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
8 And most of all be warm in your love for one another; because in love there is forgiveness for sins without number: 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
9 Keep open house for all with a glad heart; 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
10 Making distribution among one another of whatever has been given to you, like true servants of the unmeasured grace of God; 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
11 If anyone has anything to say, let it be as the words of God; if anyone has the desire to be the servant of others, let him do it in the strength which is given by God; so that in all things God may have the glory through Jesus Christ, whose are the glory and the power for ever. 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 brothers, do not be surprised, as if it was something strange, if your faith is tested as by fire: 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 But be glad that you are given a part in the pains of Christ; so that at the revelation of his glory you may have great joy. 13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
14 If men say evil things of you because of the name of Christ, happy are you; for the Spirit of glory and 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 Let no one among you undergo punishment as a taker of life, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as one who is over-interested in other men'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 if he undergoes punishment as a Christian, that is no shame to him; let him give glory to God in this name. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
17 For the time has come for the judging, starting with the church of God; but if it makes a start with us, what will be the end of those who are not under the rule of 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 And if it is hard for even the good man to get salvation, what chance has the man without religion or the sinner? 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"
19 For this reason let those who by the purpose of God undergo punishment, keep on in well-doing and put their souls into the safe hands of their Maker. 19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.