Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of the Messiah, and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you:
shepherda God's flock among you, not overseeingb out of compulsion but freely, according to God's [will];c not for the money but eagerly;
not lording it over those entrusted to you,d but being examplese to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crownf of glory.
Likewise, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves withg humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. hi6
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time,jk7
casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.l
Be sober! Be on the alert!m Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion,n looking for anyone he can devour.
Resist him,o firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your brothers in the world.
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal gloryp in Christ Jesus, will personallyq restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.r11
To Him be the dominions forever.t Amen.
Through Silvanus,u whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Take your stand in it!
She who is in Babylon, also chosen, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son.
Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.v