1 You must continue telling the people what is proper for wholesome teaching: 2 the older men to be temperate, serious, and sensible, healthy in faith, in love, and in steadfastness; 3 the older women, too, to be reverent in their deportment, and not to be slanderers or slaves to heavy drinking, but to be teachers of what is right, 4 so as to train the younger women to be affectionate wives and mothers, 5 to be serious, pure, home keepers, kind, and subordinate to their husbands, so as not to cause God's message to suffer reproach.
6 Keep urging the younger men to be sensible. 7 In everything you yourself continue to set them a worthy example of doing good; be sincere and serious in your teaching, 8 let your message be wholesome and unobjectionable, so that our opponent may be put to shame at having nothing evil to say about us.
9 Continue urging slaves to practice perfect submission to their masters and to give them perfect satisfaction, 10 to stop resisting them and stealing from them, but to show such perfect fidelity as to adorn, in everything they do, the teaching of God our Saviour.
11 For God's favor has appeared with its offer of salvation to all mankind, 12 training us to give up godless ways and worldly cravings and live serious, upright, and godly lives in this world, 13 while we are waiting for the realization of our blessed hope at the glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to ransom us from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people to be His very own, zealous of good works.
15 You must continue teaching this, and continue exhorting and reproving people, with full authority. Let no one belittle you.