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.
Upute starješinama i mladićima
1Starješine među vama zaklinjem—ja koji sam također starješina te svjedok Kristovih patnji i sudionik slave koja će se objaviti kad on dođe: 2Pasite stado koje vam je Bog povjerio i nadzirite ga—ali ne prisilno, nego dragovoljno, po Božjoj volji; ne samo radi zarade, nego zbog oduševljenja što služite Bogu. 3Ne postupajte kao tirani, nego im služite kao uzor. 4A kad dođe vrhovni Pastir, primit ćete vječni udjel u njegovoj slavi.
5Mladići, pokoravajte se starješinama. Svi služite jedni drugima ponizno jer
“Bog se protivi oholima,
ali poniznima daruje milost.”5:5 Izreke 3:34.
6Ponizite se zato pred moćnom Božjom rukom pa će vas on uzvisiti kad za to dođe vrijeme. 7Sve svoje brige povjerite njemu jer se on brine za vas.
8Bdijte i čuvajte se! Vaš protivnik đavao obilazi kao ričući lav tražeći koga da proždre. 9Oduprite mu se i budite čvrsti u vjeri. Znajte da vaša kršćanska braća diljem svijeta podnose jednake patnje.
10Bog vas je, u svojoj milosti, pozvao na vječnu slavu u Kristu i on će vas, pošto malo pretrpite, usavršiti, učvrstiti, ojačati i utvrditi. 11Njemu je vlast u vijeke vjekova! Amen.
Pavlovi posljednji pozdravi
12Ovo sam vam pismo napisao s pomoću Sile,5:12 U grčkome: Silvana. kojega smatram vjernim bratom, da vas ohrabrim i da vam posvjedočim da je ovo što sam napisao prava milost Božja. Nje se držite!
13Pozdravljaju vas Crkva u Babilonu, izabrana skupa s vama u Gospodinu, te moj sin Marko. 14Pozdravite jedni druge cjelovom ljubavi.
Mir svima vama koji ste u Kristu!