1 The elders which are among you I exhort, which am also an elder and a witness of the afflictions of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be opened: 2 see that ye feed Christ's flock, which is among you, taking the oversight of them: not as though ye were compelled thereto, but willingly; Not for the desire of filthy lucre, but of a good mind. 3 Not as though ye were lords over the parishes: but that ye be an example to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive an incorruptible crown of glory.
5 Likewise, ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder. Submit yourselves every man, one to another. Knit yourselves together in lowliness of mind. For God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Submit yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you, when the time is come. 7 Cast all your care to him: for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, and watch. For your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 whom resist, steadfast in the faith, remembering that ye do but fulfill the same afflictions which are appointed to your brethren that are in the world.
10 The God of all grace - which called you unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus - shall his own self, after ye have suffered a little affliction, make you perfect: shall settle, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever, and while the world endureth. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, have I written briefly, exhorting and testifying how that this is the true grace of God, wherein ye stand. 13 The companions of your election that are of Babylon, saluteth you, and Mark my son. 14 Greet ye one another with the kiss of love. Peace be with you all which are in Christ Jesus. Amen. {Here ends the First General Epistle of Peter}