Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. 1
Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. 2
Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings.
But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation.
To him be the power forever! Amen.
I write you this brief letter with the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful Christian. I want to encourage you and give my testimony that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 3
Your sister church in Babylon, also chosen by God, sends you greetings, and so does my son Mark. 4
Greet one another with the kiss of Christian love. May peace be with all of you who belong to Christ.