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1 THE elders among you I beg \'97 I who am a fellow elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ and a sharer in the glory soon to be revealed \'97

2 I beg you to shepherd the flock of God that is among you, not because you must, but willingly, not for base gain, but eagerly,

3 not lording it over your charges, but becoming examples to the flock.

4 Then when the chief Shepherd appears you will be repaid with the never-fading crown of glory.

5 In the same way you younger men must be subject to your elders. You all must put on the apron of humble service for one another. For God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

6 Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of God so that he may lift you up at the right time.

7 Cast all your anxiety on him, for he cares for you.

8 Be sober, watch. Your enemy the Devil, like a roaring lion, goes about seeking some one to devour.

9 Resist him firm in the faith and knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being completed in your brotherhood throughout the world.

10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little will equip, establish and strengthen you.

11 To him be power for the ages of the ages! Amen.

12 By Silvanus, your faithful brother, as I esteem him, I am writing to you briefly, to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Take your stand in it.

13 She who is in Babylon, chosen with you, sends her greeting to you, and so does Mark my son.

14 Salute one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all in Christ.