1 But as for you, you must speak in a manner that befits wholesome teaching. 2 Exhort aged men to be temperate, grave, sober-minded, robust in their faith, their love and their patience. 3 In the same way exhort aged women to let their conduct be such as becomes consecrated persons. They must not be slanderers nor enslaved to wine-drinking. They must be teachers of what is right. 4 They should school the young women to be affectionate to their husbands and to their children, to be sober-minded, pure in their lives, 5 industrious in their homes, kind, submissive to their husbands, so that the Christian teaching may not be exposed to reproach.
6 In the same way exhort the younger men to be discreet, 7 and above all make your own life a pattern of right conduct, having in your teaching no taint of insincerity, but a serious tone, 8 and healthy language which no one can censure, so that our opponents may feel ashamed at having nothing evil to say against us.
9 Exhort slaves to be always obedient to their owners, and to give them satisfaction in everything, not contradicting and not pilfering, 10 but manifesting perfect fidelity and kind feeling, in order to bring honour to the teaching of our Saviour, God, in all things.
11 For the grace of God has displayed itself with healing power to all mankind, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and all the pleasures of this world, and to live sober, upright, and pious lives at the present time, 13 in expectation of the fulfilment of our blessed hope--the Appearing in glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 who gave Himself for us to purchase our freedom from all iniquity, and purify for Himself a people who should be specially His own, zealous for doing good works.