1 Peter 5

Shepherd the Flock of God

1 So I exhort the elders among you, m as a fellow elder and n a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 o shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, 1 p not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; 2 q not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not r domineering over those in your charge, but s being examples to the flock. 4 And when t the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the u unfading v crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. w Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for x "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

6 x Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 y casting all your anxieties on him, because z he cares for you. 8 a Be sober-minded; b be watchful. Your c adversary the devil d prowls around e like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 f Resist him, g firm in your faith, knowing that h the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And i after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, j who has called you to his k eternal glory in Christ, will himself l restore, m confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 n To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Final Greetings

12 By o Silvanus, a faithful brother as I regard him, p I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is q the true grace of God. r Stand firm in it. 13 She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does s Mark, my son.

14 t Greet one another with the kiss of love. u Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

  1. Cross References
    2 John 1:1
    The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth.
    3 John 1:1
    The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
  2. Cross References
    Luke 24:48
    You are witnesses of these things.
  3. Cross References
    Jude 1:12
    These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted.
    John 21:16
    He said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep.
  4. Cross References
    Philemon 1:14
    But I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.
  5. Cross References
    1 Timothy 3:8
    Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
    Titus 1:7
    For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain.
  6. Cross References
    Ezekiel 34:4
    The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
    Matthew 20:25
    But Jesus called them to him and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
    Mark 10:42
    And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
    2 Corinthians 1:24
    Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.
  7. Cross References
    Philippians 3:17
    Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.
    2 Thessalonians 3:9
    It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.
    1 Timothy 4:12
    Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
    Titus 2:7
    Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.
  8. Cross References
    Hebrews 13:20
    Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant.
  9. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:4
    To an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.
  10. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:25
    Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
    James 1:12
    Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 20:26 - 27
    It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant.
    John 13:4 - 5
    Rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.
    John 13:14
    If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
  12. Cross References
    James 4:6
    But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
    James 4:10
    Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
  13. Cross References
    1 Peter 5:5
    Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 37:5
    Commit your way to the Lord ; trust in him, and he will act.
    Psalms 55:22
    Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
    Matthew 6:25
    Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 40:17
    As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!
  16. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:13
    Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  17. Cross References
    Matthew 24:42
    Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
  18. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:27
    And give no opportunity to the devil.
    Ephesians 6:11
    Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be ...
    Revelation 12:9
    And the great dragon was thrown down, that anci...
    Revelation 12:12
    Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell...
    Job 1:9 - 12
    Then Satan answered the Lord and said, "Does Jo...
    Luke 22:31
    Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have yo...
    2 Corinthians 2:11
    So that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for...
  19. Cross References
    Job 1:7
    The Lord said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.
    Job 2:2
    And the Lord said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.
  20. Cross References
    Psalms 22:21
    Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!
  21. Cross References
    James 4:7
    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  22. Cross References
    Colossians 2:5
    For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
  23. Cross References
    Acts 14:22
    Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
    1 Thessalonians 3:3
    That no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this.
    2 Timothy 3:12
    Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
  24. Cross References
    1 Peter 1:6
    In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.
  25. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:9
    God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    1 Thessalonians 2:12
    We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
    1 Timothy 6:12
    Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
  26. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:10
    Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
  27. Cross References
    Hebrews 13:21
    Equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
  28. Cross References
    Luke 22:32
    But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.
    Romans 16:25
    Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
  29. Cross References
    1 Peter 4:11
    Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies - in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
  30. Cross References
    Acts 15:22
    Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They sent Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brothers.
    2 Corinthians 1:19
    For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes.
    1 Thessalonians 1:1
    Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
    2 Thessalonians 1:1
    Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
  31. Cross References
    Hebrews 13:22
    I appeal to you, brothers, bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
  32. Cross References
    Acts 11:23
    When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.
  33. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:1
    Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand.
  34. Cross References
    Acts 12:12
    When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
  35. Cross References
    Romans 16:16
    Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
  36. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:23
    Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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