1 Therefore, since Christ has suffered physically, you people should fortify yourselves with the same attitude He had. For the person who has suffered physically [i.e., in standing for Christ] has quit sinning.
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1 Therefore, since the Messiah suffered in a mortal body, you, too, must arm yourselves with the same determination, because the person who has suffered in a mortal body has stopped sinning,
2 So then, you should no longer live the rest of your lives [to satisfy] the sinful desires of your body, but to do what God wants.
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
2 so that he can live the rest of his mortal life guided, not by human desires, but by the will of God.
3 For the time you have [already] spent in the past [i.e., as Gentile unbelievers] was long enough to have practiced unrestrained, indecent conduct, improper sexual cravings, riotous living, wild parties, drunken orgies and disgusting idol worship.
3 For (G)the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, (c)(H)having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and (d)abominable idolatries.
3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
3 For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the pagans choose to do:(g) carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires,(C) drunkenness, orgies,(D) carousing, and lawless idolatry.
3 For you spent enough time in the past doing what the gentiles like to do, living in sensuality, sinful desires, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and detestable idolatry.
4 Now, those people you used to run around with cannot understand why you have stopped living such wasteful lives, so they just "badmouth" you.
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
4 They insult you now because they are surprised that you are no longer joining them in the same excesses of wild living.
5 But, they will have to answer to God, who will judge both those who are now alive and those who have already died, [for the way they have lived].
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
5 They will give an account to the one who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 This is the purpose that the Gospel was preached to those who have died physically [for the faith]: It was so that, even though they had been judged physically [i.e., by suffering death at the hands of men], they could still live spiritually in the presence of God.
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
6 For this reason the gospel was also preached to those who are now dead,(F) so that, although they might be judged by men in the fleshly(G) realm,(i) they might live(H) by God in the spiritual realm.(j)
6 Indeed, this is why the gospel was proclaimed even to those who have died, so that they could be judged in their mortal flesh like all humans and live in the spiritual realm like God.
7 But the end of everything [as far as your lives are concerned] is near, so be sensible, and sober [so as to be] prayerful.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
7 Because everything will soon come to an end, be sensible and clear-headed, so you can pray.
8 Above everything else, have a warm love for one another, for such a love keeps many sins from occurring [between you].
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
8 Above all, continue to love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.
10 As each of you has received a gift [from God], you should make use of it [in the body], so that you will be [good] caretakers of the many unearned ways that God favors you.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
10 As good servant managers of God's grace in its various forms, serve one another with the gift each of you has received.
11 If someone's gift is speaking, he should [be sure to] say only what God wants him to. If a person's gift is serving, he should do so by the strength provided by God [who supplies all such gifts]. This is so that, in using all gifts, God may be honored through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs honor and power forever and ever. May it be so.
11 (U)Whoever speaks, is to do so (h)as one who is speaking the (V)utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving (i)(W)by the strength which God supplies; so that (X)in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, (Y)to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides,(O) so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
11 Whoever speaks must speak God's words. Whoever serves must serve with the strength that God supplies, so that in every way God may be glorified through Jesus, the Messiah. Glory and power belong to him forever and ever! Amen.
12 Loved ones, do not be surprised that you people are undergoing extremely difficult trials, as though something strange were happening to you, for it is [only] a test [of your faith].
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
13 You should rejoice that you are sharing some of what Christ has suffered, so that you will get to rejoice all the more when He returns in His splendor.
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
13 Instead, because you are participating in the sufferings of the Messiah, keep on rejoicing, so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.
14 If you are spoken against for being Christians, you have God's blessing, because His glorious Holy Spirit rests upon you [to provide comfort, See John 14:16].
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
14 If you are insulted because of the name of the Messiah, you are blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God is resting on you.
15 [However], you should not have to suffer for murdering, stealing, doing evil or interfering in the affairs of others.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
15 Of course, none of you should suffer for being a murderer, thief, criminal, or troublemaker.
16 But if a person should have to suffer because he is a Christian, he should not be ashamed [of it], but instead, he should bring honor to God by [wearing] the name [of Christ].
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
16 But if anyone suffers as a “Christian,” he should not be ashamed but should glorify God in having that name.
16 But if you suffer for being a Christian, do not feel ashamed, but glorify God with that name.
17 For the time has [now] come for the house of God [the church, See I Tim. 3:15] to begin receiving judgment [i.e., by undergoing persecution], and if it starts with us [Christians], what will be the [ultimate] end of people who do not obey the Gospel of God?
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God. And if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who refuse to obey the gospel of God?
18 And if people who are trying to do right [i.e., Christians] are saved through [suffering] such difficulties, where will the ungodly and sinful person end up, [if not in hell]?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
18 "If it is hard for the righteous person to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and sinful person?"
19 Therefore, those who [are allowed to] suffer in harmony with God's [permissive] will, should commit their souls to a trustworthy Creator, [who will take everything into account], while they go on [trying] to do what is right.
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
19 So then, those who suffer according to God's will should entrust their souls to their faithful Creator and continue to do what is good.
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