To the Elders and the Flock
5Ã‚Â To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elderÃ‚Â and a witnessÃ‚Â of ChristÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:Ã‚Â 2Ã‚Â Be shepherds of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s flockÃ‚Â that is under your care, watching over themÃ¢â‚¬â€not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;Ã‚Â not pursuing dishonest gain,Ã‚Â but eager to serve;Ã‚Â 3Ã‚Â not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examplesÃ‚Â to the flock.Ã‚Â 4Ã‚Â And when the Chief ShepherdÃ‚Â appears, you will receive the crown of gloryÃ‚Â that will never fade away.
5Ã‚Â In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselvesÃ‚Â to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humilityÃ‚Â toward one another, because,
Ã¢â‚¬Å“God opposes the proud
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Ã‚Â but shows favour to the humble.Ã¢â‚¬Â[a]
6Ã‚Â Humble yourselves, therefore, under GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.Ã‚Â 7Ã‚Â Cast all your anxiety on himÃ‚Â because he cares for you.
8Ã‚Â Be alert and of sober mind.Ã‚Â Your enemy the devil prowls aroundÃ‚Â like a roaring lionÃ‚Â looking for someone to devour.Ã‚Â 9Ã‚Â Resist him,Ã‚Â standing firm in the faith,Ã‚Â because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10Ã‚Â And the God of all grace, who called youÃ‚Â to his eternal gloryÃ‚Â in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,Ã‚Â will himself restore you and make you strong,Ã‚Â firm and steadfast.Ã‚Â 11Ã‚Â To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12Ã‚Â With the help of Silas,[b]Ã‚Â whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,Ã‚Â encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13Ã‚Â She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.Ã‚Â 14Ã‚Â Greet one another with a kiss of love.
PeaceÃ‚Â to all of you who are in Christ.