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 for 1 Peter 5:2

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 for 1 Peter 5:2

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.

Discussion for 1 Peter 5:2

  • Eric on 1 Peter 5:2
    In re-reading Daniel 10, I was unsure who this was that Daniel saw and spoke with. At the moment, I believe it was an angel.

    First, Daniel stood in the angel's presence when given strength. Second, none of the references for this angel are capitalized, such as "one", except "I", which is a matter of English. Third, this being was helped by Michael, therefore, he is not Michael. Christ would not need Michael's help. Fourth, this being is sent by someone else. Fifth, other angels have had the appearance of man.

    True, that others have stood in the presence of Christ, but this posture is reinforced by the fact that the references to this being are not capitalized. The KJV translators would have capitalized the references.
  • Arthur Green Sr on 1 Peter 5:2
    Does the Bible mention anything about Ministers , Pastors living better than the flock. Some of them live in mansions, have big pretty cars (4 & 5 ) of them. Ranches, Business, Help me with this question.
  • Jones p t - in Reply on 1 Peter 5:2
    We know that the clergy is behind the crucifixion our Lord Jesus. At present the history is repeating. But ye are chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, and a peculiar people : that ye should shew for the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. Which in the past were not a people, but are now people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 9:10.We the people of Jesus are compelled by his love to preach everybody about Him and his love. The only mediator is him. We can directly speek to Him with his holy spirit abides with us. Church is the communion of his belivers. We worship him by keeping His commadmends in our daily life. We are the temple of our Lord Jesus. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 1Corinthians 7:19.
  • Brian D. - in Reply on 1 Peter 5:2
    In 1 Corinthians chapter 9 (verses 1-12) the Apostle Paul talks about his Rights as an Apostle of Christ. You have a good point about wealth in the Church. However, the Gospel of Christ is not to be peddled for economic profit. A man (and woman) reaps what they sow.
  • DianaH - in Reply on 1 Peter 5:2
    In regards to wealthy ministers, preachers, churches, etc., my heart tells me that as long as there is hungar/starvation, malnutrition, unclean water, no shelter, bad education, or anything causing sickness and death inflicted upon anyone on this earth, they shouldn't have anything extra to buy such lavish and unnecessary things. It doesn't sound like something our Creator would be okay with especially after telling us that the love of money is the root of all evil. I don't believe He likes money at all. He gives us all that we needed to begin with. We are suppose to help our brothers and sisters who have need when we are blessed with more.


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