5 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elderb and a witnessc of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:d 2 Be shepherds of God’s flocke that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;f not pursuing dishonest gain,g but eager to serve; 3 not lording it overh those entrusted to you, but being examplesi to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherdj appears, you will receive the crown of gloryk that will never fade away.l
“God opposes the proud
8 Be alert and of sober mind.s Your enemy the devil prowls aroundt like a roaring lionu looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him,v standing firm in the faith,w because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.x
10 And the God of all grace, who called youy to his eternal gloryz in Christ, after you have suffered a little while,a will himself restore you and make you strong,b firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.c
Peacei to all of you who are in Christ.
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