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1 Peter 1:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
13 Therefore, gird the loins of your mind, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, gird the loins of your mind. The allusion here is to the manner in which the Orientals were accustomed to dress. They wear loose, flowing robes so that when they wish to run or fight, or apply themselves to any business, they are obliged to bind their garments to close around them. See Matt. 5:38–41. The meaning here is that they were to have their minds in constant preparation to discharge the duties, or to endure the trials of life—like those who were prepared for labor, for a race, or for a conflict. Thought(s), Intention, Purpose: (διάνοια dianoia) This refers to the mind, the place of reason, understanding thinking (Eph. 4:18), a mental disposition, a way of thinking, a manner of thought (Col. 1:21). It also can refer to the thought(s), that is, the content of what one is thinking. (Lu 1:51) It can also refer to preparing one’s mind for action (mental perception). – 1 Peter 1:13.
And being sober-minded. Sober Minded: (νήφω nēphō) This denotes being sound in mind, to be in control of one’s thought processes and thus not be in danger of irrational thinking, ‘to be sober-minded, to be well composed in mind.’ This is one who follows sound reason and who is not under the control of passion. The idea is that he should have his desires and passions well-regulated. Perhaps the word “prudent” would come nearer to the meaning of the apostle than any single word which we have. – 1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8; 2 Timothy 4:5; 1 Peter 1:13; 4:7; 5:8.
Set your hope fully. The translation in the text is the most correct. It means that they were not to become faint or weary in their trials. They were not to abandon the hopes of the gospel but were to cherish those hopes to the end of life, whatever opposition they might meet with, and however much might be done by others to induce them to apostatize. Comp. Notes on Heb. 10:35, 36.
On the grace that will be brought to you. For the favor that shall then be bestowed upon you; to wit, salvation. The word brought here means that this great favor that they hoped for would be borne to them by the Savior on his return from heaven.
At the revelation of Jesus Christ. When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven in his glory; that is, when he comes to judge the world. See 2 Thess. 1:7.
By Albert Barnes and Edward D. Andrews