Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
Resuming the idea in I Peter 4:5.
the end of all things—and therefore also of the wantonness (I Peter 4:3-4) of the wicked, and of the sufferings of the righteous [BENGEL]. The nearness meant is not that of mere "time," but that before the Lord; as he explains to guard against misapprehension, and defends God from the charge of procrastination: We live in the last dispensation, not like the Jews under the Old Testament. The Lord will come as a thief; He is "ready" (I Peter 4:5) to judge the world at any moment; it is only God's long-suffering and His will that the Gospel should be preached as a witness to all nations, that induces Him to lengthen out the time which is with Him still as nothing.
sober—"self-restrained." The opposite duties to the sins in I Peter 4:3 are here inculcated. Thus "sober" is the opposite of "lasciviousness" (I Peter 4:3).
watch—Greek, "be soberly vigilant"; not intoxicated with worldly cares and pleasures. Temperance promotes wakefulness or watchfulness, and both promote prayer. Drink makes drowsy, and drowsiness prevents prayer.
prayer—Greek, "prayers"; the end for which we should exercise vigilance.
Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing 1 Peter 4:7:
1 Peter 1:3
1 Peter 4:1
1 Peter 4:5
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