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1 Peter 4:12-5:11 English Standard Version (ESV)

Suffering as a Christian

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at (A)the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice (B)insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad (C)when his glory is revealed. 14 (D)If you are insulted (E)for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory[a] and of God rests upon you. 15 But (F)let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or (G)as a meddler. 16 Yet (H)if anyone suffers as a (I)Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God (J)in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment (K)to begin at the household of God; and (L)if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who (M)do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

(N)“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[b]

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will (O)entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

Shepherd the Flock of God

So I exhort the elders among you, (P)as a fellow elder and (Q)a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: (R)shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[c] (S)not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you;[d] (T)not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not (U)domineering over those in your charge, but (V)being examples to the flock. And when (W)the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the (X)unfading (Y)crown of glory. Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. (Z)Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for (AA)“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

(AB)Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, (AC)casting all your anxieties on him, because (AD)he cares for you. (AE)Be sober-minded; (AF)be watchful. Your (AG)adversary the devil (AH)prowls around (AI)like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (AJ)Resist him, (AK)firm in your faith, knowing that (AL)the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And (AM)after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, (AN)who has called you to his (AO)eternal glory in Christ, will himself (AP)restore, (AQ)confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 (AR)To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

English Standard Version (ESV)

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