This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith,
For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.
Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.
Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.
These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
‘You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.
May my heart be blameless in Your statutes,
So that I will not be ashamed.
Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me;
It is oil upon the head;
Do not let my head refuse it,
For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.
Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while—
In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.