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1The elders which are among you I exhort, who am their fellow-elder and witness of the sufferings of the Christ, who also am partaker of the glory about to be revealed: 2shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising oversight, not by necessity, but willingly; not for base gain, but readily; 3not as lording it over your possessions, but being models for the flock. 4And when the chief shepherd is manifested ye shall receive the unfading crown of glory.
5Likewise ye younger, be subject to the elder, and all of you bind on humility towards one another; for God sets himself against the proud, but to the humble gives grace. 6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the due time; 7having cast all your care upon him, for he cares about you.
8Be vigilant, watch. Your adversary the devil as a roaring lion walks about seeking whom he may devour. 9Whom resist, stedfast in faith, knowing that the selfsame sufferings are accomplished in your brotherhood which is in the world.
10But the God of all grace who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, when ye have suffered for a little while, himself shall make perfect, stablish, strengthen, ground: 11to him be the glory and the might for the ages of the ages. Amen. 12By Silvanus, the faithful brother, as I suppose, I have written to you briefly; exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which ye stand. 13She that is elected with you in Babylon salutes you, and Marcus my son. 14Salute one another with a kiss of love. Peace be with you all who are in Christ.
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