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. Chapter 5.

Tending the Flock of God

1 And now I appeal to the elders of your community, as a fellow-elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings, and also a partaker in the splendour that is to be revealed. 2 Tend that flock of God whose shepherds you are, and do it, not under compulsion, but of your own free will, as God would have it; not for gain but out of sheer devotion; 3 not tyrannizing over those who are allotted to your care, but setting an example to the flock. 4 And then, when the Head Shepherd appears, you will receive for your own the unfading garland of glory.

5 [ Pr.3.34. ] In the same way you younger men must be subordinate to your elders. Indeed, all of you should wrap yourselves in the garment of humility towards each other, because God sets his face against the arrogant but favours the humble. 6 Humble yourselves then under God's mighty hand, and he will lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your cares on him, for you are his charge.

8 Awake! be on the alert! Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, prowls round looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand up to him, firm in faith, and remember that your brother Christians are going through the same kinds of suffering while they are in the world. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you into his eternal glory in Christ, will himself, after your brief suffering, restore, establish, and strengthen you on a firm foundation. 11 He holds dominion for ever and ever; Amen.

Final Greetings

12 I write you this brief appeal through Silvanus, our trusty brother as I hold him, adding my testimony that this is the true grace of God. In this stand fast.

13 Greetings from her who dwells in Babylon, chosen by God like you, and from my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with the kiss of love.

Peace to you all who belong to Christ!

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