Now fellow elders listen,
My exhortation heed,
For I witnessed Christ’s death,
And glory that He leads.
You elders as you guide the church,
And council give, and wisdom search,
You, elders, feed the flock!
As pastors, pasture well.
This foremost of commands,
All heresy dispels.
Yet do not lead compulsively,
Spurn lucre, and serve eagerly.
And do not rule by fear,
Yet humbly through your life,
And by example lead.
So when our Savior Christ comes down,
Then we will all receive His crown.
And younger men submit,
To elders, without pride.
Humility your clothes,
The Spirit then will guide.
Since “Proud men God will waste with war;
For humble He holds grace in store.”