5 Therefore, to the older men* among YOU I give this exhortation, for I too am an older man+ with [them]* and a witness+ of the sufferings of the Christ, a sharer even of the glory that is to be revealed:+ 2 Shepherd+ the flock of God+ in YOUR care, not under compulsion,* but willingly;*+ neither for love of dishonest gain,+ but eagerly; 3 neither as lording+ it over those who are God’s* inheritance,*+ but becoming examples to the flock.+ 4 And when the chief shepherd+ has been made manifest, YOU will receive* the unfadable+ crown of glory.+ 5 In like manner, YOU younger men, be in subjection+ to the older men. But all of YOU gird yourselves with lowliness of mind toward one another,+ because God opposes the haughty ones, but he gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones.+ 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt YOU in due time;+ 7 while YOU throw all YOUR anxiety+ upon him, because he cares for YOU.+ 8 Keep YOUR senses, be watchful.+ YOUR adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour* [someone].+ 9 But take YOUR stand against him,+ solid in the faith, knowing that the same things in the way of sufferings are being accomplished in the entire association of YOUR brothers* in the world.+ 10 But, after YOU have suffered a little while,+ the God of all undeserved kindness, who called YOU to his everlasting glory+ in union+ with Christ, will himself finish YOUR training, he will make YOU firm,+ he will make YOU strong.+ 11 To him be the might+ forever. Amen. 12 Through Sil·vaʹnus,*+ a faithful brother, as I account him, I have written YOU in few [words],+ to give encouragement and an earnest witness that this is the true undeserved kindness of God; in which stand firm.+ 13 She who is in Babylon,*+ a chosen one like [YOU], sends YOU her greetings, and so does Mark+ my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.+ May all of YOU who are in union with Christ have peace.+
^ Or, “elders.” Gr., pre·sby·teʹrous.
^ “Older man with [them].” Lit., “fellow elder.” Gr., syn·pre·sbyʹte·ros.
^ Lit., “not necessarily.”
^ Lit., “yieldingly.”
^ Lit., “the.” J13,14,17,18, “Jehovah’s.”
^ Or, “lording it over those allotted to you.”
^ Or, “carry away as a prize.”
^ Lit., “to drink down.”
^ “Entire association of . . . brothers.” Lit., “brotherhood.” Gr., a·del·phoʹte·ti.
^ Or, “Silas.”
^ “Babylon.” Gr., Ba·by·loʹni; J17,22(Heb.), beVa·velʹ, “in Babylon.”