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That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead[a]—so although they were destined to die like all people,[b] they now live forever with God in the Spirit.[c]

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

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  1. 4:6a Greek preached even to the dead.
  2. 4:6b Or so although people had judged them worthy of death.
  3. 4:6c Or in spirit.

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