To Older and Younger Believers
1I’m speaking to the elders among you. I was a witness of Christ’s sufferings. And I will also share in the glory that is going to come. I’m making my appeal to you as one who is an elder together with you. 2Be shepherds of God’s flock, the believers under your care. Watch over them, though not because you have to. Instead, do it because you want to. That’s what God wants you to do. Don’t do it because you want to get money in dishonest ways. Do it because you really want to serve. 3Don’t act as if you were a ruler over those under your care. Instead, be examples to the flock. 4The Chief Shepherd will come again. Then you will receive the crown of glory. It is a crown that will never fade away.
5In the same way, I’m speaking to you who are younger. Follow the lead of those who are older. All of you, put on a spirit free of pride toward one another. Put it on as if it were your clothes. Do this because Scripture says,
“God opposes those who are proud.
But he gives grace to those who are humble.” (Proverbs 3:34)
6So make yourselves humble. Put yourselves under God’s mighty hand. Then he will honor you at the right time. 7Turn all your worries over to him. He cares about you.
8Be watchful and control yourselves. Your enemy the devil is like a roaring lion. He prowls around looking for someone to swallow up. 9Stand up to him. Remain strong in what you believe. You know that you are not alone in your suffering. The family of believers throughout the world is going through the same thing.
10God always gives you all the grace you need. So you will only have to suffer for a little while. Then God himself will build you up again. He will make you strong and steady. And he has chosen you to share in his eternal glory because you belong to Christ. 11Give him the power for ever and ever. Amen.
12I consider Silas to be a faithful brother. With his help I have written you this short letter. I have written it to encourage you. And I have written to speak the truth about the true grace of God. Remain strong in it.
13The members of the church in Babylon send you their greetings. They were chosen together with you. Mark, my son in the faith, also sends you his greetings.
14Greet each other with a kiss of friendship.
May God give peace to all of you who believe in Christ.
Kɔkɔ A Wɔbɔ Adefoɔ
1Me a meyɛ ɔpanin no, metu asafo no mu mpanimfoɔ fo sɛ, meyɛ Kristo amanehunu no ho adanseɛ enti nʼanimuonyam a ɛbɛba no bɛka me. Metu mo fo sɛ, 2monyɛ nnwan a Onyankopɔn de wɔn ahyɛ mo nsa no nnwanhwɛfoɔ na monhwɛ wɔn yie sɛdeɛ Onyankopɔn pɛ sɛ moyɛ no. Monyɛ adwuma a monhwehwɛ ho akatua biara, na mmom, pɛ ara na mopɛ sɛ moyɛ. 3Monnhyɛ wɔn a wɔde wɔn ahyɛ mo nsa no so, na mmom monyɛ nhwɛsoɔ pa mma nnwan no. 4Na sɛ Odwanhwɛfoɔ panin no ba a, wɔbɛma mo animuonyam ahenkyɛ a ɛho nsɛe da.
5Saa ara na ɛsɛ sɛ mmabunu, mobrɛ mo ho ase ma mpanimfoɔ. Mo nyinaa mfa ahobrɛaseɛ nkatanimu mmɔ mo asene na monsom mo ho mo ho ɛfiri sɛ, Atwerɛsɛm no ka sɛ,
“Onyankopɔn si ahantanfoɔ ɛkwan
na ɔdom ahobrɛasefoɔ.”
6Enti mommrɛ mo ho ase nhyɛ Onyankopɔn nsa a tumi wɔ mu no ase sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a ɔbɛma mo so wɔ ɛberɛ a ɛsɛ mu. 7Momfa mo dadwene ne mo haw nyinaa nto ne so ɛfiri sɛ, ɔdwene mo ho.
8Mo ani nna hɔ; monwɛn ɛfiri sɛ, mo ɔtamfoɔ bonsam no nam sɛ gyata a ɔbobɔm hwehwɛ deɛ ɔbɛnya no amene. 9Momfa gyidie nnyina pintinn nsi no ɛkwan ɛfiri sɛ, monim sɛ mo nuanom agyidifoɔ a wɔwɔ ewiase afanan nyinaa rehunu saa amane korɔ no ara bi.
10Na adom nyinaa Onyankopɔn a wafrɛ mo aba ne daa animuonyam no mu Kristo mu no, ɔno ara na sɛ monya hunu amane kakra ansa a, ɔbɛsiesie mo pɛ; ɔbɛma mo ase atim; ɔbɛhyɛ mo den; ɔbɛma mo anya nnyinasoɔ. 11Ɔno na tumi wɔ no daa daa. Amen.
12Me nua ogyidini Silwano na ɔboaa me maa metwerɛɛ saa krataa tiawa yi. Mepɛ sɛ mehyɛ mo nkuran na medi adanseɛ sɛ, yei yɛ Onyankopɔn adom kann. Monnyina mu dennen.
13Asafo a Onyankopɔn ayi wɔ Babilonia no ne me ba Marko kyea mo.
14Momfa ɔdɔ atuuyɛ wɔ Kristo mu nkyeakyea mo ho mo ho.
Asomdwoeɛ nka mo a mowɔ Kristo mu no nyinaa.