Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament1 Peter 4:7
- But the end of all things is at hand (pantwn de to telov hggiken).
- Perfect active indicative of eggizw, to draw near, common late verb (from egguv), same form used by the Baptist of the Messiah's arrival (Matthew 3:2) and by James in James 5:8 (of the second coming). How near Peter does not say, but he urges readiness (1:5; 4:6) as Jesus did (Mark 14:38) and Paul (1 Thessalonians 5:6), though it is drawing nearer all the time (Romans 12:11), but not at once (2 Thessalonians 2:2).
- Be ye therefore of sound mind (swpronhsate oun).
- In view of the coming of Christ. First aorist (ingressive) active imperative of swpronew (swv, sound, prhn, mind) as in Mark 5:15.
- Be sober unto prayer (nhpsate eiv proseuxav).
- First aorist (ingressive of nhpw (see 1:13) and plural proseuxav, (prayers). Cf. Ephesians 6:18.