Stay sober, stay alert! Your enemy, the Adversary, stalks about like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Stand against him, firm in your trust, knowing that your brothers throughout the world are going through the same kinds of suffering.
You will have to suffer only a little while; after that, God, who is full of grace, the one who called you to his eternal glory in union with the Messiah, will himself restore, establish and strengthen you and make you firm.
To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Through Sila, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written you briefly, encouraging you and giving my witness that this is God's true grace. Stand firm in it!
Your sister congregation in Bavel, chosen along with you, sends greetings to you, as does my son Mark.
Greet each other with a kiss of love. "Shalom aleikhem!" to all who belong to the Messiah.