1 But you must teach people the things that properly belong to wholesome teaching. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, serious, and sensible??en of vigorous faith, love, and steadfastness. 3 Teach the older women, too, to be reverent in their behavior, and not to gossip or be slaves of drink, but to be teachers of what is right, 4 so as to train the younger women to be loving wives and mothers, 5 and to be sensible, pure-minded, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so as not to bring reproach on God's message.
6 Urge the younger men, too, to be sensible. 7 In every way set them an example of good conduct yourself. Teach with sincerity and seriousness, 8 and present a wholesome, unobjectionable message, so that your opponent may be put to shame at finding nothing bad to say about us.
9 Tell slaves always to obey their masters and try to please them, not to oppose them 10 or steal from them, but to show such perfect good faith as to do credit to the teaching about God our Savior, by everything they do.
11 For God's mercy has appeared and brought salvation to all men, 12 training us to renounce godless ways and worldly passions, and live serious, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13 while we wait for the fulfilment of our blessed hope in the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Christ Jesus. 14 He gave himself for us, to free us from all wickedness and purify for himself a people of his own, eager to do right.
15 This is what you must teach and urge and insist upon with full authority. No one is to look down on you.