1 Peter 5 New American Standard Bible

Tend the Flock of God

5 Therefore , I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ , and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed , 2  shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion , but voluntarily , according to the will of God ; and not for sordid gain , but with eagerness ; 3  nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge , but proving to be examples to the flock . 4  And when the Chief Shepherd appears , you will receive the unfading crown of glory .

5  You younger men , likewise , be subject to your elders ; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another , for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD , BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE . 6  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God , that He may exalt you at the proper time , 7  casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

8  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert . Your adversary , the devil , prowls around like a roaring lion , seeking someone to devour . 9  But resist him, firm in your faith , knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world .

10  After 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. 11  To Him be dominion forever and ever . Amen .

Final Greetings

12  Through Silvanus , our faithful brother (for so I regard him), I have written to you briefly , exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God . Stand firm in it! 13  She who is in Babylon , chosen together with you, sends you greetings , and so does my son , Mark . 14  Greet one another with a kiss of love . Peace be to you all who are in Christ .

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