1 Peter 4 New International Version (NIV)
Living for God
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 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 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 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 human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so 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.
Suffering for Being a Christian
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 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 should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; 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 the righteous to be saved,
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Psalm 135 New International Version (NIV)
1 Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise the name of the Lord;
3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
5 I know that the Lord is great,
8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
13 Your name, Lord, endures forever,
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord;
Praise the Lord.
Proverbs 28-30 New International Version (NIV)
28 The wicked flee though no one pursues,
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
3 A ruler[a] who oppresses the poor
4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,
6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
7 A discerning son heeds instruction,
8 Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,
10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder
18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,
21 To show partiality is not good—
22 The stingy are eager to get rich
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
24 Whoever robs their father or mother
25 The greedy stir up conflict,
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;
29 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes
2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
4 By justice a king gives a country stability,
5 Those who flatter their neighbors
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,
8 Mockers stir up a city,
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
11 Fools give full vent to their rage,
12 If a ruler listens to lies,
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
21 A servant pampered from youth
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
23 Pride brings a person low,
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
26 Many seek an audience with a ruler,
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
Sayings of Agur
30 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance.
This man’s utterance to Ithiel:
“I am weary, God,
5 “Every word of God is flawless;
7 “Two things I ask of you, Lord;
10 “Do not slander a servant to their master,
11 “There are those who curse their fathers
15 “The leech has two daughters.
“There are three things that are never satisfied,
17 “The eye that mocks a father,
18 “There are three things that are too amazing for me,
20 “This is the way of an adulterous woman:
21 “Under three things the earth trembles,
24 “Four things on earth are small,
29 “There are three things that are stately in their stride,
32 “If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
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