THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
The elders are to feed the flock of God—Humility and godly graces lead to perfection.
which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a bpartaker
of the glory that shall be revealed:
Neither as being alords
heritage, but being bensamples
to the flock.
And when the chief aShepherd
shall appear, ye shall receive a bcrown
that fadeth not away.
Likewise, ye younger, asubmit
yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you
be subject one to another, and be clothed with bhumility
: for God cresisteth
, and giveth grace to the ehumble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
, be bvigilant
; because your adversary the cdevil
, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist astedfast
in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are baccomplished
in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all agrace
, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you bperfect
, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
The church that is
, elected together with you,
saluteth you; and so doth
Marcus my son.
Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.