1 Peter 4:7
New International Version
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

New Living Translation
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.

English Standard Version
The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.

Berean Study Bible
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and sober, so that you can pray.

Berean Literal Bible
Now the end of all has drawn near. Therefore be clear-minded and be sober for the purpose of prayers,

New American Standard Bible
The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

King James Bible
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Christian Standard Bible
The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer.

Contemporary English Version
Everything will soon come to an end. So be serious and be sensible enough to pray.

Good News Translation
The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert, to be able to pray.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer.

International Standard Version
Because everything will soon come to an end, be sensible and clear-headed, so you can pray.

NET Bible
For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer.

New Heart English Bible
But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The end of all things has arrived, therefore sober up and wake up to prayer.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The end of everything is near. Therefore, practice self-control, and keep your minds clear so that you can pray.

New American Standard 1977
The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the end of all things is at hand; be ye, therefore, temperate and watch unto prayer.

King James 2000 Bible
But the end of all things is at hand: be therefore sober minded, and watch unto prayer.

American King James Version
But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

American Standard Version
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent therefore, and watch in prayers.

Darby Bible Translation
But the end of all things is drawn nigh: be sober therefore, and be watchful unto prayers;

English Revised Version
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer:

Webster's Bible Translation
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

Weymouth New Testament
But the end of all things is now close at hand: therefore be sober-minded and temperate, so that you may give yourselves to prayer.

World English Bible
But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer.

Young's Literal Translation
And of all things the end hath come nigh; be sober-minded, then, and watch unto the prayers,
Study Bible
Living for God's Glory
6That is why the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged as men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear-minded and sober, so you can pray. 8Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.…
Cross References
Genesis 6:13
Then God said to Noah, "The end of all living creatures has come before Me, because through them the earth is full of violence. Now behold, I will destroy both them and the earth.

Romans 13:11
And do this, understanding the occasion. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Romans 13:12
The night is nearly over; the day has drawn near. So let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Hebrews 9:26
Otherwise, He would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

James 5:8
You too, be patient and strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore prepare your minds for action. Be sober-minded. Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:18
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know that it is the last hour.

Treasury of Scripture

But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch to prayer.

the end.

Ecclesiastes 7:2
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Jeremiah 5:31
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Ezekiel 7:2,3,6
Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto the land of Israel; An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land…

ye.

1 Peter 1:13
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

and.

1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Matthew 24:42
Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.







Lexicon
The
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

end
τέλος (telos)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5056: (a) an end, (b) event or issue, (c) the principal end, aim, purpose, (d) a tax.

of all [things]
Πάντων (Pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

is near.
ἤγγικεν (ēngiken)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1448: Trans: I bring near; intrans: I come near, approach. From eggus; to make near, i.e. approach.

Therefore
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

be clear-minded
σωφρονήσατε (sōphronēsate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4993: To be of sound mind, be sober-minded, exercise self-control. From sophron; to be of sound mind, i.e. Sane, moderate.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

sober,
νήψατε (nēpsate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3525: (lit: I am sober), I am calm (vigilant), circumspect. Of uncertain affinity: to abstain from wine, i.e. be discreet.

so
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

you can pray.
προσευχάς (proseuchas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4335: From proseuchomai; prayer; by implication, an oratory.
(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.

(7) The end of all things is at hand.--Or, hath come nigh; the same word (for instance) as in Matthew 4:17; Matthew 26:46. It is but a repetition in other words of 1Peter 4:5, inserted again to give weight to all the exhortations which follow. Probably, if St. Peter had thought the world would stand twenty centuries more, he would have expressed himself differently; yet see 2Peter 3:4-10.

Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.--These words sum up the cautions given in 1Peter 4:1-6, before passing on to the next subject. The first verb includes more than sobriety, and means the keeping a check upon all the desires. The usual notion of sobriety is more exactly conveyed in the word rendered "watch," which is the same as in 1Peter 1:13 and 1Peter 5:8. "Unto prayer" is a slip for unto prayers; the difference is that it does not mean that we are to be always in frame to pray, but that actual prayers should be always on our lips: every incident in life should suggest them. They would be especially necessary if any moment might see the end of the world. The tense of the imperatives in the Greek carries out the notion that the persons addressed had slipped into a careless state, from which they needed an arousal.

Verse 7. - But the end of all things is at hand. The mention of the judgment turns St. Peter's thoughts into another channel. The end is at hand, not only the judgment of persecutors and slanderers, but the end of persecutions and sufferings, the end of our great conflict with sin, the end of our earthly probation: therefore prepare to meet your God. The end is at hand: it hath drawn near. St. Peter probably, like the other apostles, looked for the speedy coming of the Lord. It was not for him, as it is not for us, "to know the times or the seasons" (Acts 1:7). It is enough to know that our own time is short. When St. Peter wrote these words, the end of the holy city, the center of the ancient dispensation, was very near at hand; and behind that awful catastrophe lay the incomparably more tremendous judgment, of which the fall of Jerusalem was a figure. That judgment, we know now, was to be separated by a wide interval from the dale of St. Peter's Epistle. But that interval is measured, in the prophetic outlook, not by months and years. We are now living in "the last times" (1 Timothy 4:1; 1 John 2:18). The coming of our Lord was the hennaing of the last period in the development of God's dealings with mankind; there is no further dispensation to be looked for. "Not only is there nothing mere between the Christian's present state of salvation and the end, but the former is itself already the end, i.e. the beginning of the end" (Schott, quoted by Huther). Be ye therefore sober; rather, self-restrained, calm, thoughtful. The thought of the nearness of the end should not lead to excitement and neglect of common duties, as it did in the case of the Thessalonian Christians, and again at the approach of the thousandth year of our era. And watch unto prayer; rather, be sober unto prayers. The word translated "watch" in the Authorized Version is not that which we read in our Lord's exhortation to "watch and pray." The word used here (νήψατε) rather points to temperance, abstinence from strong drinks, though it suggests also that wariness and cool thoughtfulness which are destroyed by excess. The Christian must be self-restrained and sober, and that with a view to perseverance in prayer. The aorist imperatives, perhaps, imply that St. Peter's readers needed to be stirred up (2 Peter 1:13; 2 Peter 3:1), to be aroused from that indifference into which men are so apt to fall. The exhortation to persevere in watchfulness would be expressed by the present. 4:7-11 The destruction of the Jewish church and nation, foretold by our Saviour, was very near. And the speedy approach of death and judgment concerns all, to which these words naturally lead our minds. Our approaching end, is a powerful argument to make us sober in all worldly matters, and earnest in religion. There are so many things amiss in all, that unless love covers, excuses, and forgives in others, the mistakes and faults for which every one needs the forbearance of others, Satan will prevail to stir up divisions and discords. But we are not to suppose that charity will cover or make amends for the sins of those who exercise it, so as to induce God to forgive them. The nature of a Christian's work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavours should be serious and earnest. And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end. He is a miserable, unsettled wretch, who cleaves to himself, and forgets God; is only perplexed about his credit, and gain, and base ends, which are often broken, and which, when he attains, both he and they must shortly perish together. But he who has given up himself and his all to God, may say confidently that the Lord is his portion; and nothing but glory through Christ Jesus, is solid and lasting; that abideth for ever.
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