1 Peter 5:2

“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Feede the flocke of God which is among you, taking the ouersight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly: not for filthy lucre, but of a ready minde:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to {the will of} God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Tend the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, according to `the will of' God; nor yet for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Keep watch over the flock of God which is in your care, using your authority, not as forced to do so, but gladly; and not for unclean profit but with a ready mind;
- Basic English Bible

shepherd the flock of God which [is] among you, exercising oversight, not by necessity, but willingly; not for base gain, but readily;
- Darby Bible

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight of it, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but from a ready mind;
- Webster's Bible

Be shepherds of God's flock which is among you. Exercise the oversight not reluctantly but eagerly, in accordance with the will of God; not for base gain but with cheerful minds;
- Weymouth Bible

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion, but voluntarily, not for dishonest gain, but willingly;
- World English Bible

that ben among you, fede ye the flok of God, that is among you, and puruey ye, not as constreyned, but wilfulli, bi God; not for loue of foule wynnyng,
- Wycliffe Bible

feed the flock of God that [is] among you, overseeing not constrainedly, but willingly, neither for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 5:2


5:2 Feed the flock - Both by doctrine and discipline. Not by constraint - Unwillingly, as a burden. Not for filthy gain - Which, if it be the motive of acting, is filthy beyond expression. O consider this, ye that leave one flock and go to another, merely because there is more gain, a large salary! Is it not astonishing that men can see no harm in this? that it is not only practised, but avowed, all over the nation?


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 5:2


1Pe 5:2 Feed the flock of God. "Tend" (Revised Version). The Greek word "poimaino" means more than "feed". See Joh 21:15-17. Which is among you. The churches wherever you are. Taking the oversight [thereof]. Acting as bishops (Ac 20:28). Not by constraint, but willingly. Attend to the duties cheerfully, willingly. Not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind. Not for sordid love of gain, but with alacrity.

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