The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the b glory that will be revealed:
c Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, d not by compulsion but 1 willingly, e not for dishonest gain but eagerly;
nor as f being 2 lords over g those entrusted to you, but h being examples to the flock;
and when i the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive j the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, k all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
l "God resists the proud,
But m gives grace to the humble." 3
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 8 Be 4 sober, be 5 vigilant; 6 because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But 7 may the God of all grace, n who called 8 us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, 9 perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 o To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 By p Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying q that this is the true grace of God in which you stand. 13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does r Mark my son.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.