1 Peter 5:3

“Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither as being lords ouer Gods heritage: but being ensamples to the flocke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

neither as lording it over the charge allotted to you, but making yourselves ensamples to the flock.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not as lords over God's heritage, but making yourselves examples to the flock.
- Basic English Bible

not as lording it over your possessions, but being models for the flock.
- Darby Bible

Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.
- Webster's Bible

not lording it over your Churches but proving yourselves patterns for the flock to imitate.
- Weymouth Bible

neither as lording it over those entrusted to you, but making yourselves examples to the flock.
- World English Bible

but wilfulli, nether as hauynge lordschip in the clergie, but that ye ben maad ensaumple of the floc, of wille.
- Wycliffe Bible

neither as exercising lordship over the heritages, but patterns becoming of the flock,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Peter 5:3


5:3 Neither as lording over the heritage - Behaving in a haughty, domineering manner, as though you had dominion over their conscience. The word translated heritage, is, literally, the portions. There is one flock under the one chief Shepherd; but many portions of this, under many pastors. But being examples to the flock - This procures the most ready and free obedience.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Peter 5:3


1Pe 5:3 Neither as being lords. Not with an arbitrary, despotic rule. Over [God's] heritage. Rather, "over the charge allotted you" (Revised Version). But being ensamples to the flock. Instead of ruling imperiously, rather set an example that others may follow.

Discussion for 1 Peter 5:3

  • Ezekiel Youngbo. for verse 3
    That one should not be autocratic to lead a people, but rather one should lead by example as would a shepherd to his flock.

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