1 Timothy 2:9; Titus 2:6 (Hemming: σωφροσύνη, equal to affectuum et voluntatis harmonia), in contrast to the licentiousness of the heathen described in 1 Peter 4:2 (Wiesinger). 1P iP i Pet) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. The nearness is not that of time, but that before the Lord; as he explains, 2 Peter 3:8-9, to guard against misapprehension, and defends God from the charge of procrastination. The one chief delight of his heart should be the prospect of meeting the Lord Who has loved him and given Himself for him.

): because love covereth a multitude of sins (from ref. Try it for 30 days FREE. Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus.

1952. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. None knew or can know when it might come. Points to Note: 1. "of sound judgment"), self-controlled ("of sober spirit") primarily so they could pray properly. To manage your subscription, visit your Bible Gateway account settings. They, as we, had to live in constant expectation of Christ"s sudden return." Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural. Or, be prudent and considerate, as σωφρονησατε also signifies. The usual notion of sobriety is more exactly conveyed in the word rendered “watch,” which is the same as in 1 Peter 1:13 and 1 Peter 5:8. De Wette denies the reference, seeing that if St. Peter had cited from the Heb., he would in all probability have written πάσας τὰς ἁμαρτίας, or rather πάντα τὰ ἀδικήματα, as in Proverbs 17:9; and thinks, on account of the verbal correspondence with ref. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, The coming end of all things, enforcing this law of holiness. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint. Many commentators indeed understand St. Peter as speaking only of the end of the Jewish commonwealth, city, temple, and worship.

You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. But there is only one place we’ll find the satisfaction we seek. For that great event he should be waiting with hope, with joy, with sober joy watching thereunto with prayer. From proseuchomai; prayer; by implication, an oratory. 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. The end of all things —Absolutely, in the final consummation. Romans 13:12; James 5:8; Philippians 4:5. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, ēngikemay refer either to proximity of place or time, and it always denotes that the place or the time referred to was not far off. As to the meaning, the words here are used in a different reference from that in St. James, where see note. Death terminates our joys and honours, how elevated soever they may be — — — It puts a period also to our hopes and prospects, be they ever so bright and well-founded — — — It incapacitates us also for carrying into effect all our purposes and endeavours.

Yet, strange to say, there is hardly any passage of Scripture which has given rise to more frequent cavils than this simple assurance. 1 Peter 4:7. In the former sense, as referring to nearness of place, see, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, because love covereth a multitude of sins. "Commentary on 1 Peter 4:7". "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". . But even if so, there can be no reasonable doubt that Proverbs 10:12 was the source of it: so that it comes to nearly the same thing. i., p. 260. So here in view of the approaching “end of all things” Christians are bidden to be sober-minded, not carried away by self-indulgence nor by unhealthy excitement. The verb is used of the Gadarene demoniac being restored to his right mind, Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35, and in contrast to being “beside oneself” in 2 Corinthians 5:13.


Peter comforts the suffering Christians in Asia Minor with the statement that the end, the completion or consummation, of all things, everything, is near. This statement illustrates the importance of prayer. (Ephesians 6:18) ‘When a man’s mind is unbalanced, when he lets his own prejudices run away with him, when his approach to life is frivolous and selfish and irresponsible, he obviously cannot pray as he ought…We only learn to pray when we take life so wisely and so seriously that we begin to say in all things: “Thy will be done”.’ (Barclay p. 299). Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. St. Paul was stirred up by them to ever-increasing diligence and greater eagerness in pressing towards the mark. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. "Commentary on 1 Peter 4:7". 3.

And what if death had seized on you, instead of them; where had you been at this moment? Many seek it in strange, unhallowed ways, and all the while the blessing is offered to us by the Spirit sent in Christ’s name.’. 1 Peter 4:7. What Peter was describing was the near end of the old covenant order that was in the process of passing away, a point made by the writer of Hebrews: “When He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first obsolete. ‘Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send forth labourers into His harvest’ (Matthew 9:38’). Living on the edge means living a life dedicated to God. Any trifling occurrence is sufficient to divert us from prayer: and we postpone this duty from time to time, under the idea of having some more favourable opportunity for the performance of it. But would it be thus with us, if we were duly impressed with the shortness and uncertainty of time? πάντων δὲ τὸ τέλος ἤγγικεν] δέ marks clearly the transition to another train of thought. Not only had Jerusalem to be destroyed (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21), but also the Gospel was to reach out ‘to all nations’ (Mark 13:10; Matthew 24:14), and the Jews were to face their great tribulation which would sactter them among the nations after the destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24). that they might observe every season fit for prayer, and might still keep themselves in a praying frame. Take notes, highlights, and favorites to share or document personal thoughts. Unto prayer; the end for which they should be sober and vigilant, viz. BibliographyDunagan, Mark. Enter your credit card information to ensure uninterrupted service following your free trial. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-peter-4.html. End of all-things is at hand or near comparatively speaking, for "our life on earth is but a span." 1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. And doubtless there is something in this latter consideration, especially when we remember that the nearness of the divine judgment is a pressing motive throughout these exhortations. The first verb includes more than sobriety, and means the keeping a check upon all the desires. To the same purpose is Mr. Scott’s interpretation: “All Christians must expect tribulations in the world, but these would soon terminate; for the end of all things was at hand, and death was about to close their course of trials or services; nay, judgment would not be so long delayed, as that the intervening space should, in the estimation of faith, be at all compared with eternity.” Be ye therefore sober — Temperate in all things, and moderate in all earthly cares and pursuits; remembering their end approaches, and the fashion of this world passeth away. [Note: D. Edmond Hiebert, Working With God: Scriptural Studies in Intercession, p7.] "Family Bible New Testament".

References: 1 Peter 4:7.—W. The LXX have translated this word wrongly πάντας τοὺς μὴ φιλονεικοῦντας . 7. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. 1 Peter: Trials, Holy Living & The Lord's Coming Click chart to enlarge Chart from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission Another Chart from Charles Swindoll - click chart on right side. Casual Christians always become casualties. This is not a time to slip into self-pity or self-indulgence. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Panton de to telos e ggiken. The end of all things—Absolutely, in the final consummation.