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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Peter 4:7-11

We have here an awful position or doctrine, and an inference drawn from it. The position is that the end of all things is at hand. The miserable destruction of the Jewish church and nation foretold by our Saviour is now very near; consequently, the time of their persecution and your sufferings is but very short. Your own life and that of your enemies will soon come to their utmost period. Nay, the world itself will not continue very long. The conflagration will put an end to it; and all things... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

4:11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as one uttering sayings sent from God. If anyone renders any service, let him do so as one whose service comes from the strength which God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ to whom belong glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. Peter is thinking of the two great activities of the Christian Church, preaching and practical service. The word he uses for sayings is logia ( Greek #3048 ). That is a word with a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:11

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God ,.... This is an application of the above general rule to a particular case, the public ministry of the word, for that is here meant: "if any man speak"; not in any manner, or on any subject; not in a private way, or about things natural and civil; but in public, and concerning divine things: "let him speak": this is rightly supplied in our translation; and in which it is supported and confirmed by the Syriac and Arabic versions, who both... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

If any man speak - In order to explain or enforce God's word, and edify his neighbor, let him do it as those did to whom the living oracles were committed: they spoke as they were inspired by the Holy Ghost. Those, therefore, at Pontus, etc., who undertook to teach others, should speak by the same influence; or, if not under this immediate influence, should speak as or according to the oracles already delivered, grounding all their exhortations and doctrines on some portion of that... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

Verse 11 11If any man speak As he had spoken of the right and faithful use of gifts, he specifies two things as examples, and he has chosen those which are the most excellent or the most renowned. The office of teaching in the Church is a remarkable instance of God’s favor. He then expressly commands those called to this office to act faithfully; though he does not speak here only of what we owe to men, but also of what we owe to God, so that we may not deprive him of his glory. He who speaks,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 4:11

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God. St. Peter proceeds to give examples of the proper use of gifts. One of those gifts is utterance. The apostle means all Christian utterance, whether public in the Church, or private in Christian conversation or ministrations to the sick. The second clause may be also rendered, as in the Revised Version, "speaking as it were oracles of God." It is more natural to supply the participle" speaking" than "let him speak," after the analogy of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

If any man speak - As a preacher, referring here particularly to the office of the ministry.Let him speak as the oracles of God - As the oracles of God speak; to wit, in accordance with the truth which God has revealed, and with an impressive sense of the responsibility of delivering a message from him. The word rendered “oracles” (λόγια logia) means, properly, something “spoken” or “uttered”; then anything uttered by God - a divine communication - a revelation. See the Romans 3:2 note;... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Peter 4:10-11

1 Peter 4:10-11. As every man hath received the gift Or, a gift, spiritual or temporal, ordinary or extraordinary, (although the latter seems primarily intended,) so minister the same one to another Employ that gift for the common good; as good stewards of the manifold grace of God Of the talents wherewith his free love has intrusted you. If any man speak In public assemblies, or in the social meetings of his Christian brethren; let him speak as the oracles of God Let all his... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:1-11

Changed lives of Christ’s followers (4:1-11)Christ’s death dealt with sin once and for all. In that sense he has nothing more to do with sin. Christians are united with Christ in his death, and therefore they too should have nothing more to do with sin. They should live no longer to please themselves but to please God (4:1-2). Christians must have no more involvement with the disgusting practices of their former days, no matter how much their reformed behaviour brings jeers and insults from... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Peter 4:11

If . App-118 . any man . App-123 . speak . App-121 . as . i.e. in harmony with, according. oracles . See Acts 7:38 . ability . App-172 . giveth . See 2 Corinthians 9:10 . Compare 2 Peter 1:5 . through . App-104 . 1 Peter 4:1 . Jesus Christ . App-98 . be = is. praise = the glory. Greek. doxa. See p. 1511. dominion = the dominion. App-172 . for ever, &c . App-151 . a. A summary of the Divine operations in their finality. read more

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