1 Peter 5:3

“Neither as being lords ouer Gods heritage: but being ensamples to the flocke.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)

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Other Translations

Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
- King James Version

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

  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER5:5likewise you younger submit yourselves unto the elder yea all of you be subject one to another and be clothed with humility for GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD AND GIVETH GRACE TO THE HUMBLE TITUS 2:11 for the grace of GOD that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men-2:12-TEACHING US-that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we should live soberly righteously and godly in this present world
  • 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
  • Inez
    As a born again believer in our Lord I see this picture as child abuse. I can expect this in the carnal world but on this site that prints out Gods word this is so offensive. Would you offer this picture of this helpless infant in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ?
  • Sarah
    Wow, what a powerful word. God is speaking to me. Praise God.

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