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Don’t be controlling tyrants[a] but lead others by your beautiful examples to the flock.[b] And when the Shepherd-King[c] appears, you will win the victor’s crown of glory that never fades away.[d]

In the same way, the younger ones should willingly support[e] the leadership of the elders. In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because:

God resists you when you are proud
    but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble.[f]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 5:3 Or “masters of the flock” (elevated above all others).
  2. 1 Peter 5:3 As translated from the Aramaic.
  3. 1 Peter 5:4 Or “Chief Shepherd.” The Aramaic can be translated “Lord of the shepherds.”
  4. 1 Peter 5:4 In these few verses Peter gives us the seven qualities of true shepherds who serve as elders for the flock: (1) They understand that they serve God’s flock, not their own. (2) They lovingly guide and care for God’s people. (3) They take the responsibilities of oversight willingly. (4) They are eager to serve, not eager for financial gain. (5) They feed and nurture God’s people. (6) They reject a domineering leadership model. (7) They lead by examples of godliness and humility.
  5. 1 Peter 5:5 Although the Greek word hupotasso can be translated “submit,” it is more often used for “support.” See also Eph. 5:21.
  6. 1 Peter 5:5 See Prov. 3:34; James 4:6.

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