17 Obey xyour leaders and submit to them, yfor they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to zgive an account. aLet them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
Read in Context
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those who come from Italy send you greetings.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
“Lift up your eyes and see
those who come from the north.
Where is the flock that was given you,
your beautiful flock?
Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.
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