1 I exhort the elders who are among you, I being also an elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed.
2 Feed the flock of God among you, taking the oversight, not by compulsion, but willingly; nor for base gain, but readily;
3 nor as lording it over those allotted [to you by God], but becoming examples to the flock.
4 And when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.
5 Likewise, younger ones, be subject to older ones, and all being subject to one another. Put on humility. For God resists proud ones, but He gives grace to the humble.
6 Therefore be humbled under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time,
7 casting all your anxiety onto Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sensible [and] vigilant, because your adversary [the] Devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour;
9 whom firmly resist in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions in [the] world are being completed in your brotherhood.
10 But the God of all grace, He calling us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, [He] will perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish [you].
11 To Him [be] the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
12 I wrote to you through a few [words], by Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, exhorting and testifying this to be [the] true grace of God in which you stand.
13 The fellow-elected in Babylon greet you; also Mark my son.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of holy love. Peace [be] to you, all those in Christ Jesus. Amen.