Old Testament

1 Peter 5
Admonition to Elders
51Therefore, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and as one who also shares in the glory that is about to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: 2Shepherd God's flock that is among you, serving as overseers, not grudgingly but willingly, as God desires,[] not because you are greedy for money but because you are eager to do it. 3Do not lord it over those entrusted to your care, but be examples for the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive an unfading crown of glory.
Final Exhortations
5Likewise, young men, be submissive to those who are older.[] And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility[] toward one another. For “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.”[]
6Therefore humble yourselves under God's powerful hand so that he may lift you up at the appointed time.[] 7Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 8Have sound judgment. Be alert. Your adversary,[] the Devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him by being firm in the faith. You know that the same kinds of sufferings are being laid on your brotherhood[] all over the world.
10After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who called you into his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you. 11To him be the glory and[] the power forever and ever. Amen.
Final Greetings
12I have written to you briefly (through Silas,[] whom I consider a faithful brother), to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it. 13She who is in Babylon, who was chosen along with you, greets you. So does Mark, my son. 14Greet one another with a kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ Jesus.[]


  • 5:2 Some witnesses to the text omit as God desires.
  • 5:5 Or the elders
  • 5:5 A few witnesses to the text add while yielding.
  • 5:5 Proverbs 3:34
  • 5:6 A few witnesses to the text read at the time he visits us.
  • 5:8 Some witnesses to the text read Be alert because your enemy.
  • 5:9 Or family of believers
  • 5:11 A few witnesses to the text omit the glory and.
  • 5:12 Silvanus in Greek
  • 5:14 Some witnesses to the text omit Jesus.