Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: 1 PETER - Chapter 4


Exhortation to cease from sin: to mutual charity; to do all for the glory of God; to be willing to suffer for Christ.

1 Christ, therefore, having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same thought, for he that hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sins:

2 *That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh , not after the desires of men, but according to the will of God.

3 For the time past is sufficient to have fulfilled the will of the Gentiles, for them who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and unlawful worshipping of idols.

4 Wherein they think it strange, that you run not with them into the same confusion of riotousness, blaspheming.

5 Who shall render an account to him, who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to the dead: that they might be judged indeed, according to men in the flesh, but may live according to God in the Spirit.

7 But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent, therefore, and watch in prayers.

8 But before all things have constant mutual charity among yourselves: *for charity covereth a multitude of sins.

9 *Using hospitality towards one another, **without murmuring,

10 *As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good **stewards of the manifold grace of God.

11 If any man speak, as the words of God: if any man minister, as by of the power which God supplieth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.

12 Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you:

13 But partaking of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that also in the revelation of his glory ye may rejoice with exultation.

14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be happy: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his spirit, resteth upon you.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or as coveting the goods of others..

16 But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God in that name.

17 For it is time that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first with us: what shall be the end of those who believe not the gospel of God?

18 *And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the wicked and the sinner appear?

19 Therefore let them who suffer according to the will of God, also commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.



2: Ephesians iv. 23.

8: Proverbs x. 12.

9: Romans xii. 13.; Hebrews xiii. 2. --- ** Philippians ii. 14.

10: Romans xii. 6. --- ** 1 Corinthians iv. 1.

18: Proverbs xi. 31.