1Therefore, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Messiah, and also a sharer of the esteem that is to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you:
2Shepherd the flock of Elohim which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but voluntarily, not out of greed for filthy gain, but eagerly,
3neither as being masters over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
4And when the Chief Shepherd#See 2:25. appears, you shall receive the never-fading crown of esteem.
5In the same way, you younger ones, be subject to elders. And gird yourselves with humility toward one another, for “Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.”
6Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of Elohim, so that He exalts you in due time,
7casting all your worry upon Him, for He is concerned about you.
8Be sober, watch, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
9Resist him, firm in the belief, knowing that the same hardships are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
10And the Elohim of all favour, who called you to His everlasting esteem by Messiah יהושע, after you have suffered a while, Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
11To Him be the esteem and the might forever and ever. Amĕn.
12Through Sila the trustworthy brother, as I reckon, I have written to you briefly, encouraging and witnessing that this is the true favour of Elohim. In this stand fast.
13She who is in Baḇel, chosen together with you, greets you, also my son, Mark.
14Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Messiah יהושע. Amĕn.
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