To Elders And Young Men
To the Elders among you,
I appeal as a fellow Elder,
A Witness of Christ's Sufferings
And one who also will share
IN THE GLORY TO BE REVEALED:
2 BE SHEPHERDS TO GOD'S FLOCK UNDER YOUR CARE,
SERVING AS OVERSEERS--NOT BECAUSE YOU MUST
BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE WILLING,
AS GOD WANT YOU TO BE.
NOT GREEDY FOR MONEY BUT EAGER TO SERVE;
3 NOT LORDING IT OVER THOSE ENTRUSTED TO YOU,
BUT BEING AND EXAMPLE TO THE FLOCK.
4 AND WHEN THE CHIEF SHEPHERD APPEARS,
YOU WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF GLORY
THAT WILL NEVER FADE AWAY.
5 Young men, in the same way
Be Submissive to those who are older.
Clothe yourselves with Humility toward one another,
'God Opposes the Proud
But give Grace to the Humble.'
6 HUMBLE YOURSELVES, THEREFORE,
UNDER GOD'S MIGHTY HAND,
THAT HE MAY LIFT YOU UP IN DUE TIME.
7 CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY ON HIM
BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU.
8 BE SELF-CONTROLLED AND ALERT
YOUR ENEMY THE DEVIL PROWLS AROUND
LIKE A ROARING LION
LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO DEVOUR.
9 RESIST HIM, STANDING FIRM IN THE FAITH ,
BECAUSE YOU KNOW
THAT YOUR BROTHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
ARE UNDERGOING THE SAME KIND OF SUFFERINGS.
10 And the God of all Grace,
Who called you to His Eternal Glory in Christ,
AFTER YOU HAVE SUFFERED A LITTLE WHILE,
Will Himself Restore you
And make you Strong, Firm and Steadfast..
11 TO HIM BE THE POWER FOR EVER AND EVER. Amen.
12 With the help of Silas,
Whom I regard as a Faithful brother,
I have written to you briefly,
Encouraging you and Testifying
That this is the True Grace of God.
STAND FAST IN IT.
13 She who is in Babylon,
Chosen together with you,
Sends you her greetings,
And so does my son Mark.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.
PEACE TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE IN CHRIST.
(1 Peter 5)