1 Peter 5:2
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New International Version
Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;

New Living Translation
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly--not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

English Standard Version
shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly;

Berean Study Bible
Be shepherds of God's flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God's will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness;

Berean Literal Bible
Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but willingly according to God; and not for base gain but eagerly,

New American Standard Bible
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;

King James Bible
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;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Shepherd God's flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God's will; not for the money but eagerly;

International Standard Version
Be shepherds of God's flock that is among you, watching over it, not because you must but because you want to, and not greedily but eagerly, as God desires.

NET Bible
Give a shepherd's care to God's flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God's direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Shepherd the flock of God that follows you and give care spiritually, not by compulsion, but with pleasure, not by defiled profit, but with all your heart,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be shepherds over the flock God has entrusted to you. Watch over it as God does: Don't do this because you have to, but because you want to. Don't do it out of greed, but out of a desire to serve.

New American Standard 1977
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;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Feed the flock of God which is among you, caring for her, not by force, but willingly; not for shameful lucre, but with willing desire;

King James 2000 Bible
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for dishonest gain, but of a ready mind;

American King James Version
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;

American Standard Version
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;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care of it, not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for filthy lucre's sake, but voluntarily:

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

English Revised Version
Tend the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, according unto God; nor yet for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

Webster's Bible Translation
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;

Weymouth New Testament
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;

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

Young's Literal Translation
feed the flock of God that is among you, overseeing not constrainedly, but willingly, neither for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:1-4 The apostle Peter does not command, but exhorts. He does not claim power to rule over all pastors and churches. It was the peculiar honour of Peter and a few more, to be witnesses of Christ's sufferings; but it is the privilege of all true Christians to partake of the glory that shall be revealed. These poor, dispersed, suffering Christians, were the flock of God, redeemed to God by the great Shepherd, living in holy love and communion, according to the will of God. They are also dignified with the title of God's heritage or clergy; his peculiar lot, chosen for his own people, to enjoy his special favour, and to do him special service. Christ is the chief Shepherd of the whole flock and heritage of God. And all faithful ministers will receive a crown of unfading glory, infinitely better and more honourable than all the authority, wealth, and pleasure of the world.
Study Bible
Instructions to Elders
1As a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings, and a partaker of the glory to be revealed, I appeal to the elders among you: 2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.…
Cross References
Numbers 18:7
"But you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything concerning the altar and inside the veil, and you are to perform service. I am giving you the priesthood as a bestowed service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death."

John 21:16
Jesus asked a second time, "Simon son of John, do you love Me?" "Yes, Lord," he answered, "You know I love You." Jesus told him, "Shepherd My sheep."

Acts 20:28
Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.

Acts 20:29
I know that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.

1 Timothy 3:8
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued or given to much wine or greedy for money.

Philemon 1:14
But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that your goodness will not be out of compulsion, but by your own free will.
Treasury of Scripture

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;

Feed.

Songs 1:8 If you know not, O you fairest among women, go your way forth by …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Ezekiel 34:2,3,23 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and …

Micah 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty …

Micah 7:14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

the flock.

Isaiah 63:11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying…

Jeremiah 13:17,20 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Ezekiel 34:31 And you my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your …

Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaves the flock! the sword shall be …

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to …

1 Corinthians 9:7 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges? who plants a vineyard, …

which is among you. or, as much as in you is.

Psalm 78:71,72 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob …

Acts 20:26,27 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men…

taking.

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

not by.

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and …

1 Corinthians 9:16,17 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

not for.

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Acts 20:33,34 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel…

2 Corinthians 12:14,15 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not …

1 Timothy 3:3,8 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

Titus 1:7,11 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Revelation 18:12,13 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of …

of.

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and to break my heart? …

Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey …

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