1 Peter 4:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 4:9, NIV: Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:9, ESV: Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 4:9, KJV: Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

1 Peter 4:9, NASB: Be hospitable to one another without complaint.

1 Peter 4:9, NLT: Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

1 Peter 4:9, CSB: Be hospitable to one another without complaining.

What does 1 Peter 4:9 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter continues teaching how Christians should live in response to the understanding that the end of all things is near. History marches on towards a close, and Christ may return as judge at any time. Peter's first command in this passage was to keep our minds clear and alert so we can pray. Next he told us to strive to love each other earnestly, as an athlete works to win a race.

Now in this this verse, Peter urges Christians to demonstrate love by offering hospitality without grumbling. Modern Christians tend to think of hospitality as having people over for dinner, or hosting a visiting missionary family. In Peter's day, Christian hospitality was a much greater need and had the potential to be a great burden, as well.

For one thing, many Christians were forced to flee persecution. Often, this meant traveling with limited means. These refugees relied on brothers and sisters in Christ to share homes and food, as they passed through from one town or region to another.

Such hospitality could be risky. For one, those doing the sharing may not have had much themselves. For another, sharing your home with strangers could be dangerous if they weren't who they claimed to be. Even legitimate believers could take advantage of a fellow Christian's generosity beyond what was reasonable. Still, Peter reminds his readers—and us—that is how family loves each other. It's part of our purpose as God's set-apart people. We should embrace the opportunity to give that kind of sacrificial love, instead of offering such hospitality reluctantly.