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:”

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Other Translations

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

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.

Discussion for 1 Peter 5

  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    And again, it is now written, Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore: for it IS holy unto you: every one that defiles it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever does ANY work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done: but in the seventh IS the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth ANY work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
  • CHERRY BLOSSOM
    Yes, I think in this generation we're living in, submitting, or showing respect to elders, or people that are older is no longer part of the make-up of children, young adults and even adults. It is a sad sight-where the morality of people has decayed. The older that do not lead by example, who are corrupt themselves, should not get any respect, and the younger should not follow submit to them.
  • Teri
    i like that Peter tells how to: if we cast out cares, we admit that we are weak and need god's help, we find it. We are kept safe under his wings of protection. we are reminded who our enemy is and we can resist him. i exhort us believers to continue in the grace of God and to help each other.
  • Darryll
    Humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God, Oh how we should be brought so low, knowing the Eternal Son of God humbled Himself in obedience to the Fathers will in taking our nature, willingly He made Himself of no reputation and was obedient even to the death of the cross. For the Joy that was set before Him He endured. Now in Glory, our Mediator, interceding for us feeble souls that we May we cast our cares on Him, the One whom loved us from Eternity past and knows every hair upon our head, our thought, intention and heart. Fear not, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. Every Blessing.
  • David Guardado
    that we're all under the grace of God, and we have a thing to worry about, for we bring all our problems to Him. AMEN
  • David Guardado
    God has everything well in hand for us all, Sooo for all of us children to do what we need to do in His Name amen

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