Shepherd the Flock of God
The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the b glory that will be revealed:
c Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, d not by compulsion but willingly, e not for dishonest gain but eagerly;
nor as f being lords over g those entrusted to you, but h being examples to the flock;
and when i the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive j the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, k all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
l "God resists the proud,
But m gives grace to the humble."
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
But may the God of all grace, n who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
o To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
And if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep.
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
1 Corinthians 9:17
For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
1 Timothy 3:3
Not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous.
The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
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1 Thessalonians 1:7
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2 Thessalonians 3:9
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1 Timothy 4:12
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He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.
Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion," Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.
1 Peter 2:25
For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
2 Timothy 4:8
Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
Submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
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
That you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.