1 Now to you who are presbyters I make this appeal; for I am myself a presbyter, and was a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory about to be revealed.
2 Be shepherds to your flock of God; take charge of them willingly, and not through compulsion; not for filthy lucre, but with a willing mind;
3 not by way of lording it over your heritage, but by becoming examples to the flock.
4 Then, when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, you too will receive the fadeless wreath of glory.
5 You younger men must submit to the presbyters; and all of you must put on the garment of humility and serve one another, for God resists the haughty, But gives grace to the humble.
6 So humble yourselves under Gods mighty hand, so that he may exalt you in due time.
7 Cast all your care upon him, for he ever cares for you.
8 Be temperate, be vigilant; because your enemy, the devil, is prowling about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, knowing well that the same afflictions are being accomplished in your brothers that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who has called us by Christ Jesus to share his eternal glory, will, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 His is the dominion forever and ever; Amen.
12 By Sylvanus, a faithful brother of yours, as I suppose, I have written you briefly, to comfort you, and to testify that this is the true grace of God. In this stand fast.
13 Your sister church in Babylon, elect with you, sends you salutations, and so does Marcus, my son.
14 Salute one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ Jesus.