KĔPHA 1 – 5

1 Therefore, as a fellow elder and a witness of the suffering of Mashiaḥ, and also a sharer of the esteem that is to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you:

2 Shepherd the flock of Elohim which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but voluntarily, not out of greed for filthy gain, but eagerly,

3 neither as being masters over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you shall receive the never-fading crown of esteem.

5 In the same way, you younger ones, be subject to elders. And gird yourselves with humility toward one another, for “Elohim resists the proud, but gives favour to the humble.”

6 Humble yourselves, then, under the mighty hand of Elohim, so that He exalts you in due time,

7 casting all your worry upon Him, for He is concerned about you.

8 Be sober, watch, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

9 Resist him, firm in the belief, knowing that the same hardships are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

10 And the Elohim of all favour, who called you to His everlasting esteem by Mashiaḥ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏, after you have suffered a while, Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

11 To Him be the esteem and the might forever and ever. Amĕn.

12 Through Sila the trustworthy brother, as I reckon, I have written to you briefly, encouraging and witnessing that this is the true favour of Elohim. In this stand fast.

13 She who is in Baḇel, chosen together with you, greets you, also my son, Markos.

14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Mashiaḥ 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤔𐤏. Amĕn.