1 But you should speak those things which agree with sound teaching: 2 Older men should be sober-minded [See note at I Tim. 3:2], dignified [i.e., respectable], sensible, sound in the faith [or, "in their faith"], in their love and in their perseverance. 3 Older women, likewise, should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine, teachers of what is good. 4 Then they can train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, [morally] pure, [good] homemakers, kind [and] in subjection to their own husbands, so that God's message will not be spoken against.
6 In the same way, you should exhort the younger men to be sensible. 7 In everything [you do], you should show that you are a [proper] example of doing good deeds. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that the person who opposes [us] will have to be ashamed for not having anything bad to say about us.
9 Slaves should be in subjection to their own masters in everything. They should try hard to please them, without talking back 10 or keeping [part of their master's] property for themselves, but proving to be completely trustworthy, so that they will make the teaching of God our Savior attractive in every way.
11 For God's unearned favor has appeared, bringing salvation to all people [i.e., in the coming of Christ]. 12 It instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly desires and to live sensible, righteous and godly lives in this present age, 13 while looking forward to the blessed hope [i.e., the hope that produces blessings] and the coming splendor of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. 14 He gave Himself up for us, to buy us back from [enslavement to] all [kinds of] wickedness and to purify for Himself a group of people who belong to Him and who are eager to do good deeds.
15 You should teach these things and exhort and rebuke people with full authority. Do not let anyone look down on you. [See note on I Tim. 4:12].