Javascript Menu by

I Peter 4

1 Christ therefore having suffered in our behalf in [the] flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought1, that the [one] having suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that [he] should no longer live [his] remaining time in the flesh for the lusts of men but for the will of God. 3 For the time passed by [is] enough to be working the intention of the nations, having walked in excess, in lusts, drunkenness, partying, carousing, and lawless idolatry, 4 in which they are surprised you do not run with [them] in the same flood of dissipation, slandering [you], 5 who will give reason to the [one] ready to judge [the] zoe-living2 and the dead. 6 For this [cause] was it good-newsed to the dead, in order that they on the one hand be judged according to men in [the] flesh, but on the other hand zoe-live2 according to God in [the] spirit. 7 But the end of everything is at hand. Be serious, therefore, and sober minded in prayer. 8 And before everything, [be] having earnest agape-love among yourselves, because agape-love covers [a] multitude of sins. 9 [be] hospitable to one another without complaint, 10 just as each has received [a] gift3, [be] serving [the] same to them as good managers of the varied4 grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, [let him speak] as the utterances of God, if anyone serves, [let him serve] as from the strength which God supplies, in order that God be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and the strength to the eternity of eternities, Amen.

12 Agape-beloved, be not being surprised by the firey ordeal among you which is become your test, as though [a] surprising [thing] is happening to you. 13 But be rejoicing, since you are sharing with the sufferings of Christ, in order that in the revelation of his glory you rejoice exulting. 14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, [You are] blessed, for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 For let5 not anyone be suffering as murderer or thief or evil-doer or as busybody6; 16 But if as Christians, let5 him not be being ashamed, but let5 him be glorifying God in this name. 17 For [it is] the opportune-time7 for judgment to begin with the house of God. So if it first [be] with us, what [is] the end of those disobedient to the good-news of God? 18 And if the just be scarcely saved, where will the irreverent and the sinful appear? 19 So, let5 those suffering according to the will of God commit their psyche-lives8 in well-doing to [the] trustworthy creator.

1or "knowledge", "insight"

2from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

3from GRACE

4same word the Septuagint uses in Genesis for Joseph's multi-colored coat.


6meaning uncertain. Could also mean "concealer of stolen goods" (i.e. a "fence") or "spy"

7KAIROS (καιρoς ) `opportune time', `proper time', `season'

8from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.