1 Peter 5:4
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New International Version
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

New Living Translation
And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.

English Standard Version
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

New American Standard Bible
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

King James Bible
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

International Standard Version
Then, when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the victor's crown of glory that will never fade away.

NET Bible
Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when The Chief Shepherd will be revealed, you shall receive a crown of glory from him that does not fade away.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then, when the chief shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And when the great Prince of the pastors shall appear, ye shall receive the incorruptible crown of glory.

King James 2000 Bible
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

American King James Version
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

American Standard Version
And when the chief Shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when the prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never fading crown of glory.

Darby Bible Translation
And when the chief shepherd is manifested ye shall receive the unfading crown of glory.

English Revised Version
And when the chief Shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

Weymouth New Testament
And then, when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the never-withering wreath of glory.

World English Bible
When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that doesn't fade away.

Young's Literal Translation
and at the manifestation of the chief Shepherd, ye shall receive the unfading crown of glory.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - And when the chief Shepherd shall appear; rather, is manifested. The word rendered "chief Shepherd" ἀρχιποίμην occurs only here; it reminds us of the Lord's description of himself as "the good Shepherd," and of the "great Shepherd of the sheep" (Hebrews 13:20). Ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. This is the true reward of the faithful presbyter, not power or filthy lucre. Literally, it is "the crown of glory," the promised glory, the glory of the Lord which he hath promised to his chosen. "The glory which thou gavest me, I have given them" (John 17:22). The crown is the glory; the genitive seems to be one of apposition. The Greek word here rendered "that fadeth not away" ἀμαράντινος is not exactly the same with that so rendered in 1 Peter 1:4 ΧΧΧ; taken literally, the words used here mean an amaranthine wreath - a wreath of amaranth flowers; the general meaning remains the same, "unfading." St. Peter is thinking, not of a kingly crown, but of the wreaths worn on festive occasions or bestowed on conquerors.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear,.... This is the encouraging motive and argument to engage the elders and pastors of churches to discharge their office faithfully, cheerfully, and in an humble manner: by "the chief Shepherd" is meant Christ, who may well be called so, since he is God's fellow, and in all respects equal with him, and is the Shepherd and Bishop of the souls of men; all other bishops, pastors, and elders, are under him; they receive their commissions from him to feed his lambs and sheep; are made pastors and overseers by him; and have their gifts, qualifying them for such offices, from him; and have their several flocks assigned unto them by him; and from him have they all the food with which they feed them, and are accountable to him for them, and the discharge of their office; so that Christ is the chief Shepherd, in the dignity of his person, he being God over all, blessed for ever; in his qualifications for his office, having all power, grace, and wisdom in him, to protect his flock, supply their wants, guide and direct them; and in the nature and number of his flock, being rational creatures, the souls of men, even elect men; and though they are, when compared with others, but a little flock, yet, considered by themselves, are a great number; and especially the general assembly will be, in comparison of the little bodies and societies of saints under pastors and teachers, of Christ's setting over them, with respect to whom, principally, he is called the chief Shepherd: the allusion is to the principal shepherd, whose own the sheep were, or, however, had the principal charge of them; who used to have others under him, to do the several things relating to the flocks he directed, and were called "little shepherds"; so Aben Ezra says (s), it was customary for the shepherd to have under him , "little shepherds": the same perhaps with the hirelings, whose own the sheep are not, John 10:12 who are retained, or removed, according to their behaviour; these, in the Talmudic language, are called (t), or though, according to Guido (u), the word, pronounced in the latter way, signifies a "chief shepherd", who takes care of men, and has other shepherds, servants under him; and such an one used to be called , "the great", or "chief shepherd"; so Maimonides (w) says, it was the custom of shepherds to have servants under them, to whom they committed the flocks to keep; so that when , "the chief shepherd", delivered to other shepherds what was under his care, these came in his room; and if there was any loss, the second shepherd, who was under the "chief shepherd", was obliged to make good the loss, and not the first shepherd, who was the chief shepherd; and to the same purpose says another of their commentators (x); it is the custom of , "the chief shepherd", to deliver (the flock) to the little shepherd that is under him; wherefore the shepherd that is under him is obliged to make good any loss: now, such a shepherd is Christ; he has others under him, whom he employs in feeding his sheep, and who are accountable to him, and must give up their account when he appears: at present he is out of the bodily sight of men, being received up to heaven, where he will be retained till the time of the restitution of all things; and then he will appear a second time in great glory, in his own, and in his Father's, and in the glory of his holy angels: and when he thus appears,

ye shall receive a crown of glory which fadeth not away; in distinction from those crowns which were given to the conqueror, in the Olympic games; which were made of divers flowers, of the olive, wild olive, pine tree, and of parsley, and inserted in a branch of the wild olive tree (y) and which quickly faded away; or in allusion to crowns made of amaranthus (z), the plant "everlasting", so called, from the nature of it, because it never fades: the eternal glory and happiness, which is here meant by a crown of glory, or a glorious crown, never fades away, but ever shines in its full lustre; and this faithful ministers shall receive at the hands of the chief Shepherd, as a gift of his, as a reward of grace; when they have finished their work, they will enter into the joy of their Lord, and shine as the stars for ever and ever; they shall reign with Christ, as kings, on a throne of glory, wearing a crown of glory, and enjoying a kingdom and glory to all eternity.

(s) Comment. in Zech. xi. 8. (t) T. Bab. Bava Kama, fol. 56. 2.((u) Dictionar. Syr. Chald. p. 102. (w) In Misn. Bava Kama, c. 6. sect. 2.((x) Bartenora in Misn. Bava Kama, c. 6. sect. 2.((y) Vide Paschalium de Coronis, l. 6. c. 1. p. 339. c. 16. p. 391. c. 18. p. 399. c. 19. p. 413. (z) Ib. l. 3. c. 11. p. 178.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. And—"And so": as the result of "being ensamples" (1Pe 5:3).

chief Shepherd—the title peculiarly Christ's own, not Peter's or the pope's.

when … shall appear—Greek, "be manifested" (Col 3:4). Faith serves the Lord while still unseen.

crown—Greek, "stephanos," a garland of victory, the prize in the Grecian games, woven of ivy, parsley, myrtle, olive, or oak. Our crown is distinguished from theirs in that it is "incorruptible" and "fadeth not away," as the leaves of theirs soon did. "The crown of life." Not a kingly "crown" (a different Greek word, diadema): the prerogative of the Lord Jesus (Re 19:12).

glory—Greek, "the glory," namely, to be then revealed (1Pe 5:1; 1Pe 4:13).

that fadeth not away—Greek, "amaranthine" (compare 1Pe 1:4).

1 Peter 5:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Instructions to Elders
3nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Cross References
John 10:11
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

1 Peter 1:4
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

1 Peter 2:25
For "you were like sheep going astray," but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Treasury of Scripture

And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

the.

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

1 Peter 2:25 For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd …

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

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

Ezekiel 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, …

appear.

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels …

Colossians 3:3,4 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God…

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

Revelation 20:11,12 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

a crown.

1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not …

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament…

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. …

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which …

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man …

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