1 The elders who are among you I exhort, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed;
2 shepherd the flock of God among you, overseeing not by compulsion, but rather willingly, not in fondness for dishonest gain, but rather eagerly;
3 nor as being masters over the flock [under you,] but rather being examples to the flock.
4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
5 Likewise, younger [people], subject yourselves to [the] elders. And all of you be subject to one another, and be clothed with humility, because "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares about you.
8 Be sober, be watchful; your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour.
9 Resist him, being steadfast in [your] faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
10 But may the God of all grace, the [One ]having called you into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little [while], may He Himself make you complete-He will establish, strengthen, [and] firmly ground [you].
11 To Him be the glory and the power, forever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus the faithful brother, as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying this to be [the] true grace of God in which you stand.
13 She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.