1 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ as well as a partaker in the glory that is to be revealed.
1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christs sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:
2 Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly,
2 Be shepherds of Gods flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;
3 not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.
3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory.
4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
5 Likewise you that are younger be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you.
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under Gods mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
7 Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour.
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world.
9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
11 To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God; stand fast in it.
12 With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.
13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark.
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.
14 Greet one another with the kiss of love. Peace to all of you that are in Christ.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.