1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
1 But as for you, teach what is consistent with healthy doctrine.
1 But as for you, teach the things which are in agreement with sound doctrine [which produces men and women of good character whose lifestyle identifies them as true Christians].
2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
2 Older men are to be sober, serious, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance.
2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in steadfastness [Christlike in character].
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
3 Likewise, older women are to show their reverence for God by their behavior. They are not to be gossips or addicted to alcohol, but to be examples of goodness.
3 Older women similarly are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor addicted to much wine, teaching what is right and good,
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
4 so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,
4 They should encourage the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children,
4 so that they may encourage the young women to tenderly love their husbands and their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
5 to be sensible and pure, to manage their households, to be kind, and to submit themselves to their husbands. Otherwise, the word of God may be discredited.
5 to be sensible, pure, makers of a home [where God is honored], good-natured, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
6 Likewise, encourage the younger men to be sensible.
6 In a similar way urge the young men to be sensible and self-controlled and to behave wisely [taking life seriously].
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
7 Always set an example for others by doing good actions. Teach with integrity and dignity.
7 And in all things show yourself to be an example of good works, with purity in doctrine [having the strictest regard for integrity and truth], dignified,
8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
8 Use wholesome speech that cannot be condemned. Then any opponent will be ashamed because he cannot say anything bad about us.
8 sound and beyond reproach in instruction, so that the opponent [of the faith] will be shamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;
9 Slaves are to submit to their masters in everything, aiming to please them and not argue with them
9 Urge bond-servants to be subject to their own masters in everything, to be pleasing and not talk back,
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
10 or steal from them. Instead, they are to show complete and perfect loyalty, so that in every way they may make the teaching about God our Savior more attractive.
10 not stealing [things, regardless of value], but proving themselves trustworthy, so that in every respect they will adorn and do credit to the teaching of God our Savior.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
12 It trains us to renounce ungodly living and worldly passions so that we might live sensible, honest, and godly lives in the present age
12 It teaches us to reject ungodliness and worldly (immoral) desires, and to live sensible, upright, and godly lives [lives with a purpose that reflect spiritual maturity] in this present age,
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
13 as we wait for the blessed hope and glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus the Messiah.
13 awaiting and confidently expecting the [fulfillment of our] blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
14 He gave himself for us to set us free from every wrong and to cleanse us so that we could be his special people who are enthusiastic about doing good deeds.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
15 These are the things you should teach. Encourage and refute with full authority. Do not let anyone look down on you.
15 Tell them these things. Encourage and rebuke with full authority. Let no one disregard or despise you [conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect].
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