Leadership and Humility

1 Therefore [I, your] fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, [and] also a sharer of the glory that is going to be revealed, exhort the elders among you:
2 shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not by compulsion but willingly, in accordance with God, and not greedily but eagerly,
3 and not as lording it over {those under your care}, but being examples for the flock.
4 And [when] the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
5 In the same way, younger men, be subject to the elders, and all [of you] clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the [right] time,
7 casting all your cares on him, because {he cares} for you.
8 Be sober; be on the alert. Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
9 {Resist him}, steadfast in your faith, [because you] know the same [kinds] of sufferings are being accomplished by your community of believers in the world.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, [after you] have suffered for a short time, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, [and] establish [you].
11 To him [be] the power {forever and ever}. Amen.

Conclusion and Final Greetings

12 Through Silvanus, the faithful brother (as I consider [him]), I have written to you {briefly} to encourage [you] and to attest that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
13 She [who is] in Babylon, chosen the same as [you], greets you, and [so does] my son Mark.
14 Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.