1 The elders that are among you I exhort, who am a fellow-elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and likewise a partaker of the glory which shall be revealed, 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, overseeing it not by constraint, but willingly, not for filthy gain, but of a ready mind, 3 Neither as lording over the heritage, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.
5 In like manner, ye younger, submit yourselves to the elder, and be ye all subject to each other. Be ye cloathed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 7 Watch: be vigilant:
8 for your adversary the devil, walketh about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist, stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 Now the God of all grace, who hath called us by Christ Jesus to his eternal glory, after ye have suffered a while, himself shall perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be the glory and the might for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother, as I suppose, I have written briefly to you, exhorting and adding my testimony, that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand, 13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you, and Mark my son. 14 Salute ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus.