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1 Peter 4:12

    1 Peter 4:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Dear brothers, do not be surprised, as if it was something strange, if your faith is tested as by fire:

    Webster's Revision

    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:

    World English Bible

    Beloved, don't be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you:

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Peter 4:12

    Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial - Πυρωσει· The burning. The metaphor is old, but noble; it represents the Christians at Pontus as having fire cast upon them for the trying of their faith, as gold is tried by fire, 1 Peter 1:7, to which the apostle alludes - Macknight.

    St. Peter returns here to what he had often touched upon in this epistle, namely, to exhort the Christians to behave with patience and integrity under their present severe persecution; to which purpose he uses the following arguments: -

    First, He intimates that it was not a strange or unusual thing for the people of God to be persecuted.

    Secondly, That if they suffered here as Christ did, they should hereafter be glorified with him.

    Thirdly, Besides the prospect of that future glory; they had at present the Spirit of God for their support and comfort.

    Fourthly, That it was an honor for any of them to suffer, not as a malefactor, but as a Christian.

    Fifthly, Though the afflictions began with the Christians, yet the weight of the storm would fall upon the unbelievers. From these considerations he exhorted them to persevere in their duty, and trust all events with God. See Dodd.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Peter 4:12

    Beloved, think it not strange - Do not consider it as anything which you had no reason to expect; as anything which may not happen to others also.

    Concerning the fiery trial which is to try you - Referring, doubtless, to some severe persecution which was then impending. We have not the means of determining precisely what this was. The word rendered "fiery trial" (πυρώσει purōsei) occurs only here and in Revelation 18:9, Revelation 18:18; in both of which latter places it is rendered burning. It means, properly, a being on fire, burning, conflagration; and then any severe trial. It cannot be demonstrated from this word that they were literally to suffer by fire, but it is clear that some heavy calamity was before them.

    As though some strange thing happened unto you - Something unusual; something which did not occur to others.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Peter 4:12

    4:12 Wonder not at the burning which is among you - This is the literal meaning of the expression. It seems to include both martyrdom itself, which so frequently was by fire, and all the other sufferings joined with, or previous to, it; which is permitted by the wisdom of God for your trial. Be not surprised at this.

    Verses Related to 1 Peter 4:12

    Jude 1:6 - And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
    James 1:12 - Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
    1 Peter 5:10 - But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.