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5 So I exhort elders among you, I a fellow-elder and a witness to the Christ’s sufferings, a sharer too in the glory that is to be disclosed,— 2 * shepherd God’s flock that you have among you, not as a matter of compulsion, but willingly, God’s way; not mercenarily, but enthusiastically; 3 and not as lording it over the parishes, but setting an example to the flock; 4 and when the Head Shepherd makes his appearance you shall obtain the amaranth-wreath of glory. 5 * Likewise, juniors, be submissive to elders; and all of you wear toward each other the livery of humility, because “God sets himself against the proud but gives grace to the lowly.” 6 So humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand that he may uplift you in due time, 7 throwing all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8 Keep sober; keep awake. Your antagonist the Devil is walking around, like a roaring lion, looking for somebody to swallow down; 9 stand firm against him, solid in faith, knowing that the same series of sufferings is being gone through by your brotherhood in the world. 10 ** And the God of all grace, he who in Christ called you to his eternal glory, will himself, after you have suffered a little while, look after your soundness, firmness, strength, foundation. 11 To him belongs might forever and ever—amen. 12 * By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I reckon him to be, I write you these few words to exhort you and testify to you that this is the veritable grace of God, in which stand firm. 13 Your sister in election at Babylon sends greetings, and my son Mark. 14 Give my greetings to each other with a kiss of love. Peace to you all, all that are in Christ.
^ 5:2 Var. omits God’s way
^ 5:5 Lit. apron yourselves to each other with humility
^ 5:10 Or called you to enter his eternal glory after you have suffered a little while, will himself look after
^ 5:10 Var. omits foundation
^ 5:12 Or By trusty Brother Silvanus I am, as I reckon, writing to you briefly to exhort you and