1 Peter 5

Serve God Willingly

1 a  Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your b  fellow elder and c  witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a d  partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, 2shepherd e  the flock of God among you, exercising oversight f  not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and g  not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3nor yet as h  lording it over
Lit the allotments
those allotted to your charge, but
Or becoming
proving to be k  examples to the flock.
4And when the Chief l  Shepherd appears, you will receive the m  unfading
Lit wreath
,
o  crown of glory.
5 p  You younger men, likewise q  be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with r  humility toward one another, for s  God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

6Therefore t  humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7casting all your u  anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 8 v  Be of sober spirit w  be on the alert. Your adversary x  the devil, prowls around like a roaring y  lion, seeking someone to devour. 9
Lit whom resist
,
aa  But resist him, ab  firm in your faith, knowing that ac  the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your
Lit brotherhood
brethren who are in the world.
10After you have suffered ae  for a little while, the af  God of all grace, who ag  called you to His ah  eternal glory in Christ, will Himself ai  perfect aj  confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 ak  To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.

12Through al  Silvanus, our faithful brother
Lit (as I consider)
(for so I regard him), an  I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is ao  the true grace of God. ap  Stand firm in it!
13She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son aq  Mark. 14 ar  Greet one another with a kiss of love.

as  Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
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