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1 Peter 4:7-5:14 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

End-Time Ethics

The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins.[a] Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Christian Suffering

12 Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. 13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God[b] rests on you. 15 Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or a meddler.[c] 16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed but let him glorify God in having that name.[d] 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?

18 And if a righteous person is saved with difficulty,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?[e]

19 So then, let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust themselves to a faithful Creator while doing what is good.

About the Elders

I exhort the elders among you as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory about to be revealed: Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing[f] out of compulsion but willingly, as God would have you;[g] not out of greed for money but eagerly; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. All of you clothe yourselves with[h] humility toward one another, because

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble.[i]

Conclusion

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because he cares about you. Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.

10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,[j] will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.[k] 11 To him be dominion[l] forever.[m] Amen.

12 Through Silvanus,[n] a faithful brother (as I consider him), I have written to you briefly in order to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it! 13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.[o]

Footnotes:

  1. 4:8 Pr 10:12
  2. 4:14 Or God’s glorious Spirit
  3. 4:15 Or as one who defrauds others
  4. 4:16 Other mss read in that case
  5. 4:18 Pr 11:31 LXX
  6. 5:2 Other mss omit overseeing
  7. 5:2 Other mss omit as God would have you
  8. 5:5 Or you tie around yourselves
  9. 5:5 Pr 3:34 LXX
  10. 5:10 Other mss read in Christ Jesus
  11. 5:10 Or to a small extent
  12. 5:11 Some mss read dominion and glory; other mss read glory and dominion
  13. 5:11 Other mss read forever and ever
  14. 5:12 Or Silas; Ac 15:22-32; 16:19-40; 17:1-16
  15. 5:14 Other mss read Christ Jesus. Amen.
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