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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 4:9-10

4:9-10 Be hospitable to one another and never grudge it. As each has received a gift from God, so let all use such gifts in the service of one another, like good stewards of the grace of God. Peter's mind is dominated in this section by the conviction that the end of all things is near. It is of the greatest interest and significance to note that he does not use that conviction to urge men to withdraw from the world and to enter on a kind of private campaign to save their own souls; he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:9

Use hospitality ,.... Or, "be lovers of strangers", as the phrase may be rendered, and as it is in the Syriac version; that is, such as are of a distant country, or come from afar, and are unknown by face, especially good men, that are obliged to remove from their native country for the sake of religion, or by one providence or another; and these are to be loved: and love is to be shown them, both negatively, by not vexing them, and making them uneasy in body or mind; by not oppressing them... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:9

Use hospitality - Be ever ready to divide your bread with the hungry, and to succor the stranger. See on Hebrews 13:2 ; (note). Without grudging - Ανευ γογγυσμων· Without grumblings. Do nothing merely because it is commanded, but do it from love to God and man; then it will be without grumbling. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:9

Verse 9 9Use hospitality, or, Be hospitable. After having generally exhorted them to love one another, he specially mentions one of the duties of love. At that time hospitality was commonly used, and it was deemed in a manner a sacred kind of humanity, as we have stated elsewhere. He then bids them mutually to exercise it, so that no one might require more from others than what he himself was prepared to render. He adds, without murmurings, for it is a rare example that one spends himself and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 4:9

Use hospitality one to another ; literally, being hospitable (comp. Romans 12:13 ; 1 Timothy 3:2 ; Hebrews 13:2 ; 3 John 1:5 ). Hospitality must have been a necessary, and often a costly, duty in the early ages of the Church. There was no public provision for the poor. Christians traveling from place to place would find no suitable shelter except in the houses of Christians. They would be obliged to avoid the public houses of entertainment, where they would be exposed often to... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Peter 4:9

Use hospitality one to another - On the duty of hospitality, see the Romans 12:13 note; Hebrews 13:2 note.Without grudging - Greek, “without murmurs;” that is, without complaining of the hardship of doing it; of the time, and expense, and trouble required in doing it. The idea of grudging, in the common sense of that word - that is, of doing it unwillingly, or regretting the expense, and considering it as ill-bestowed, or as not producing an equivalent of any kind - is not exactly the idea... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Peter 4:8-9

1 Peter 4:8-9. Above all things See that you remember the distinguishing badge of your religion and have, maintain, fervent charity, love, among yourselves One toward another: for love shall cover a multitude of sins It will cause us to excuse them in others, and will entitle us, through divine mercy to the expectation of forgiveness for our own numberless failings. See on James 5:20. Love covereth all things, 1 Corinthians 13:7. He that loves another covereth his faults, how many... 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 4:9

Use hospitality = Be hospitable. See 1 Timothy 3:2 and compare Romans 12:13 . one, &c . = to one another. grudging = murmuring. See Acts 6:1 . read more

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