1 Peter 5

About the Elders

1 Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness a to the sufferings of the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, c I exhort the elders among you:
2 Shepherd God’s flock among you, d not overseeing
Other mss omit overseeing
out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will;
Other mss omit according to God’s will
not for the money but eagerly;
3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd g appears, you will receive the unfading crown h of glory.

5In the same way, you younger men, be subject to the elders. And all of you clothe yourselves with
Lit you tie around yourselves
humility toward one another, because

God resists the proud
but gives grace to the humble. j , k

6Humble l yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand m of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,
Lit in time
7 casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. o


8 Be serious! p Be alert! q Your adversary the Devil r is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 9 Resist him s and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.

10 Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory t in Christ Jesus, will personally
Lit Himself
restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.
Or a little while, or to a small extent
11 The dominion
Other mss read dominion and glory; other mss read glory and dominion
belongs to Him forever.
Other mss read forever and ever
Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.

12I have written you this brief letter through Silvanus , aa (I know him to be a faithful brother) to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Take your stand in it! 13The church in Babylon,
Probably refers to Rome
ac also chosen, sends you greetings, as does Mark, my son.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. ad Peace ae to all of you who are in Christ.
Other mss read Christ Jesus. Amen.
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