1 Peter 4:12-19

4:12 Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you.
4:13 But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed you may also rejoice and be glad.
4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God, rests on you.
4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. 4:16 But if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but glorify God that you bear such a name.
4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin, starting with the house of God. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate of those who are disobedient to the gospel of God?
4:18 And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and sinners?
4:19 So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good.

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1 Peter 4:1-11

4:1 So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin,
4:2 in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires.
4:3 For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians desire. You lived then in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, and wanton idolatries.
4:4 So they are astonished when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you.
4:5 They will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.
4:6 Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards.
Service, Suffering, and Judgment
4:7 For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer.
4:8 Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.
4:9 Show hospitality to one another without complaining.
4:10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.
4:11 Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

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1 Peter 3:8-22

3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble.
3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing.
3:10 For the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.
3:11 And he must turn away from evil and do good; e must seek peace and pursue it.
3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. ut the Lord’s face is against those who do evil.
3:13 For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good?
3:14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken.
3:15 But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.
3:16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you.
3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil.
3:18 Because Christ also suffered once for sins,
the just for the unjust,
to bring you to God,
by being put to death in the flesh
but by being made alive in the spirit.
3:19 In it he went and preached to the spirits in prison,
3:20 after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water.
3:21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you – not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
3:22 who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to him.

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1 Peter 3:1-7

3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live,
3:2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct.
3:3 Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes –
3:4 but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.
3:5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands,
3:6 like Sarah who obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so.
3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers.

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1 Peter 2:13-25

2:13 Be subject to every human institution for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme
2:14 or to governors as those he commissions to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do good.
2:15 For God wants you to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good.
2:16 Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves.
2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the king.
2:18 Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse.
2:19 For this finds God’s favor, if because of conscience toward God someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly.
2:20 For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God.
2:21 For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps.
2:22 He committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth.
2:23 When he was maligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly.
2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed.
2:25 For you were going astray like sheep but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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1 Peter 1:10-12

1:10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who predicted the grace that would come to you searched and investigated carefully.
1:11 They probed into what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified beforehand about the sufferings appointed for Christ and his subsequent glory.
1:12 They were shown that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard to the things now announced to you through those who proclaimed the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things angels long to catch a glimpse of.

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