New International Version

1 Peter 4:1-19

Living for God

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

7The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffering for Being a Christian

12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,

“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,

what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”4:18 Prov. 11:31 (see Septuagint)

19So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

彼得前书 4:1-19


1既然基督曾在肉身上为你们受苦,你们也要怀着同样的心志,因为肉体受过苦的人已经与罪断绝了关系, 2可以在今后的生活中不再随从人的私欲,只服从上帝的旨意。 3你们从前长期沉溺于异教徒的嗜好——淫乱、纵欲、醉酒、狂欢、宴乐和可憎的偶像崇拜。 4如今你们不再和他们同流合污,他们觉得奇怪,就用恶言毁谤你们。 5但他们将来必须向审判活人和死人的主交账。 6正因如此,福音也曾传给已死的人。这样,他们的肉体虽然像世人一样受了审判,他们的灵魂却可以靠上帝活着。


7万物的尽头快到了。因此,你们要谨慎自律,警醒祷告。 8最重要的是要彼此真诚相爱,因为爱可以遮盖许多罪。 9要互相接待,不发怨言, 10按着自己所得的恩赐彼此服侍,做上帝各样恩典的好管家。 11能讲道的,要按着上帝的话去讲;能服侍人的,要本着上帝所赐的力量去服侍。这样,上帝会借着耶稣基督在一切的事上得到荣耀。



12亲爱的弟兄姊妹,若有火一般的试炼临到你们,不要觉得奇怪,以为发生了什么不寻常的事, 13反倒要欢喜,因为你们是与基督一起受苦。这样,你们在祂的荣耀显现时可以和祂一同欢喜快乐。 14如果你们为基督的缘故受辱骂,就有福了!因为上帝荣耀的灵常住在你们身上。 15你们谁也不可因杀人、偷盗、作恶或管闲事而受苦。 16若是为了做基督徒而受苦,不要觉得羞耻,要因这身份归荣耀给上帝。 17因为时候到了,审判要先从上帝的家开始。如果审判要从我们开始,那些不信从上帝福音的人会有怎样的结局呢? 18如果义人得救尚且不易,不敬虔的人和罪人会有什么下场呢? 19所以,照上帝旨意受苦的人要继续专心行善,将自己的灵魂交托给那位信实的造物主。