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Dear friends, since you are immigrants and strangers in the world, I urge that you avoid worldly desires that wage war against your lives.

—Common English Bible

Not unlike the Hebrew exiles of earlier times, many Christians are scattered throughout the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean during this period (see 1:1). In Gentile communities and under Roman domination, they are viewed with indifference or hostility, as “immigrants and strangers.” Yet this author points to a larger truth—they need to stand apart as foreigners in the midst of worldly beliefs and desires. A scriptural paraphrase has: “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul.”

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Resources cited in this issue

GT: Common English Bible, copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible; Peterson, Eugene H. Conversations: The Message with Its Translator. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress Publishing Group, 2007.

Cit. 7: Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2007.

Cit. 9: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 2, Introduction to Narrative Literature, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 10: Barker, Kenneth L., John R. Kohlenberger, Verlyn Verbrugge, and Richard Polcyn. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

Cit. 13: Wilkins, Michael J. NIV Application Commentary: From Biblical Text . . . to Contemporary Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004.

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September 25, 2023

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