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James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:9

using hospitality one to another without murmuring:Hospitality is frequently commanded in the New Testament; but with the looming persecution and the disorders that would inevitably flow out of it, the grace would not only be especially commendable, but absolutely necessary to the survival of some.Without murmuring ... Hospitality that is extended in a grudging or complaining manner would not fulfill the apostolic desire written here. The comfort, safety, joy and well-being of the guest is a... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 Peter 4:9

1 Peter 4:9. Use hospitality, &c.— We have had frequent occasion to remark the especial necessity and importance of hospitality, for the want of inns in the Eastern world. Dr. Robertson, speaking of the little intercourse between nations during the middle ages of Christianity, observes as a proof hereof, "that there were no inns, or houses of entertainment for the reception of travellers, during those ages. Among people (says he) whose manners are simple, and who are seldom visited by... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Peter 4:9

9. (Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:2.) Not the spurious hospitality which passes current in the world, but the entertaining of those needing it, especially those exiled for the faith, as the representatives of Christ, and all hospitality to whomsoever exercised from genuine Christian love. without grudging—Greek, "murmuring." "He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity," that is open-hearted sincerity; with cordiality. Not secretly speaking against the person whom we entertain, or upbraiding him... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Peter 4:7-11

D. The Importance of Mutual Love in End-Times Living 4:7-11To prepare his readers to meet the Lord soon, Peter urged them to make the best use of their time now that they understood what he had written about suffering. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Peter 4:9

Offering hospitality without complaining is one way to demonstrate love for the brethren (cf. Matthew 25:35). A host might incur persecution by giving hospitality to a known Christian in Peter’s day."In certain cultures that are strongly family-oriented, the bringing of strangers into a house may be somewhat shocking. Yet Christians overcome these conventions because God’s love has made them into a single great family." [Note: Blum, p. 246.] read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:1-19

The Security of the Faithful in the Approaching JudgmentC (ii). 1 Peter 4:1-6. ’This is your faith: live then in accordance with it. Arm yourselves against your troubles by resolving to be like Christ in suffering. Suffering gives rest from sin, and the results of what you have already endured should be a life henceforth in accordance with God’s will. You have lived the heathen life long enough in the past to have learnt its wretchedness. The heathen are surprised now at your estrangement from... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Peter 4:7-11

(7-11) DUTY OF BENEVOLENCE WITHIN THE CHURCH IN VIEW OF THE ADVENT.—The end of the world is not far off; let it find you not only sober, but (above all else) exerting an intense charity within the Church, by hospitality and generosity, in these as much as in spiritual ministrations seeking not your own glory, but God’s. read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Peter 4:9

(9) Use hospitality.—It is a great pity that again (as in 1 Peter 3:8, and elsewhere) the participial clauses are broken up in our version into separate injunctions. Here it is, properly, being hospitable. This is the first form of charity—receiving Christians who came from other towns (comp. 3 John 1:5-6). See how such hospitality covers (to the surprise of the bestowers) a multitude of sins in Matthew 25:35-38.Without grudging.—That is, without murmuring. How frequently Christian hospitality... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Peter 4:1-19

Manifold Grace 1 Peter 4:10 The whole verse reads thus, 'Let every man that has received the gift even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God'. What is 'manifold'? Many? No. The word 'many' would be misleading, though it does enter into the larger and truer interpretation of the term. Manifold in this case means variegated, many in colour and light and bloom and beauty. Manifold is not in this relation a question of quantity or quality, but of... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:7-11

Chapter 13 CHRISTIAN SERVICE FOR GOD’S GLORY1 Peter 4:7-11"BUT the end of all things is at hand." Well-nigh two thousand years have passed away since the Apostle wrote these words. What are we to think of the teaching they convey? For it is not St. Peter’s teaching only. Those who labored with him were all of the same mind; all gave the same note of warning to their converts. St. Paul exhorts the Philippians, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand"; {Philippians 4:5}... read more

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