Serve God Willingly
1Therefore, I urge elders among you, as your fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and one who is also a Or partner infellow partaker of the glory that is to be revealed:
2shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not Or for dishonest gainwith greed but with eagerness;
3nor yet as domineering over Lit the allotmentsthose assigned to your care, but by Or becoming examplesproving to be Or role modelsexamples to the flock.
4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading Lit wreathcrown of glory.
5You Or young peopleyounger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God is opposed to the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.
6Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,
7having cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares about you.
8Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
9Lit Whom resistSo resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your Lit fellowshipbrothers and sisters who are in the world.
10After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
11To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12Through Silvanus, our faithful brother Lit (as I consider)(for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly, Or encouragingexhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!
13She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, Mark.
14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace be to you all who are in Christ.