12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice n to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that o when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 14 If you are 1 reproached for the name of Christ, p blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 2 On their part He is blasphemed, q but on your part He is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a 3 busybody in other people's matters. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this 4 matter. 17 For the time has come r for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, s what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
t "If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?" 5
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God u commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.