1 Peter 4:3
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New International Version
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

King James Bible
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Darby Bible Translation
For the time past [is] sufficient [for us] to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, walking in lasciviousness, lusts, wine-drinking, revels, drinkings, and unhallowed idolatries.

World English Bible
For we have spent enough of our past time doing the desire of the Gentiles, and having walked in lewdness, lusts, drunken binges, orgies, carousings, and abominable idolatries.

Young's Literal Translation
for sufficient to us is the past time of life the will of the nations to have wrought, having walked in lasciviousnesses, desires, excesses of wines, revellings, drinking-bouts, and unlawful idolatries,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The time past of our life - This is a complete epitome of the Gentile or heathen state, and a proof that those had been Gentiles to whom the apostle wrote.

1. They walked in lasciviousness, εν ασελγειαις· every species of lechery, lewdness, and impurity.

2. In lusts, επιθυμιαις· strong irregular appetites, and desires of all kinds.

3. In excess of wine, οινοφλυγιαις· wine, and φλυω, to be hot, or to boil; to be inflamed with wine; they were in continual debauches.

4. In revellings, κωμοις· lascivious feastings, with drunken songs, etc. See the note on Romans 13:13.

5. In banquetings, ποτοις· wine feasts, drinking matches, etc.

6. In abominable idolatries, αθεμιτοις ειδωλολατρειαις· that is, the abominations practised at their idol feasts, where they not only worshipped the idol, but did it with the most impure, obscene, and abominable rites.

This was the general state of the Gentile world; and with this monstrous wickedness Christianity had everywhere to struggle.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the time.

Ezekiel 44:6 And you shall say to the rebellious, even to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; O you house of Israel...

Ezekiel 45:9 Thus said the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice...

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent:

Romans 8:12,13 Therefore, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh...

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus...

to have.

1 Peter 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

Deuteronomy 12:30,31 Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before you...

Romans 1:20-32 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made...

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air...

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now on walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

lasciviousness.

Mark 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall mourn many which have sinned already...

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men...

excess.

2 Samuel 13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, Smite Amnon...

Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? who has wounds without cause? who has redness of eyes...

Isaiah 5:11 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

Isaiah 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way...

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

revellings.

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past...

and.

1 Kings 21:26 And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites...

2 Chronicles 15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage...

Isaiah 65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

Jeremiah 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land...

Revelation 17:4,5 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls...

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Christian Asceticism
'Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin. 2. That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4. Wherein they think it
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

The Old Man and the New.
"That we being dead unto sin should live unto righteousness."--1 Peter iv. 24. The Psalmist sings: "They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God." (Psalm lxxxiv. 7) We must maintain this glorious testimony, altho our own experience often seems to contradict it. Not experience, but the Scripture, teaches us divine truth; nor is it as tho the procedure of the divine operation in our own heart could differ from the testimony of the Sacred Scripture, but that our
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

The Gospel Message in Antioch
After the disciples had been driven from Jerusalem by persecution, the gospel message spread rapidly through the regions lying beyond the limits of Palestine; and many small companies of believers were formed in important centers. Some of the disciples "traveled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word." Their labors were usually confined to the Hebrew and Greek Jews, large colonies of whom were at this time to be found in nearly all the cities of the world. Among the places
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Facing Life's Record
"I beheld," says the prophet Daniel, "till thrones were placed, and One that was Ancient of Days did sit: His raiment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool; His throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Daniel 7:9, 10, R.V. Thus was presented to the prophet's vision
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Jeremiah 16:11
then say to them, 'It is because your ancestors forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.

Ezekiel 44:6
Say to rebellious Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Enough of your detestable practices, people of Israel!

Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

Ephesians 2:2
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Ephesians 4:17
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

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