The elders are to feed the flock of God—Humility and godly graces lead to perfection.
1 The which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 the of God which is among you, taking the thereof, not by constraint, but ; not for , but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being over God’s heritage, but being to the flock.
4 And when the chief shall appear, ye shall receive a of that fadeth not away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with : for God the , and giveth grace to the .
6 yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be , be ; because your adversary the , as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all , who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you , stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By , a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
13 The church that is at , elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.