The elders are to feed the flock of God—Humility and godly graces lead to perfection.
1 The aelders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a bpartaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 aFeed the bflock of God which is among you, taking the coversight thereof, not by constraint, but dwillingly; not for efilthy flucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being alords over God’s heritage, but being bensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief aShepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a bcrown of cglory that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, asubmit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with bhumility: for God cresisteth the dproud, and giveth grace to the ehumble.
6 aHumble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be asober, be bvigilant; because your adversary the cdevil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist asteadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are baccomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all agrace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you bperfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By aSilvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
13 The church that is at aBabylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.