1 Remind them to be submissive to principle offices and positions of authority, to be obedient, to be prepared for every good work, 2 to slander no man, to be noncontentious, meek, showing all mildness to all men. 3 For we also were formerly foolish, disobedient, being led astray, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in evil and envy, hateful, hating each other.
4 But when the kindness and philanthropy of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not of works in righteousness that we did, but according to his mercy through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 So that, having been made righteous by the grace of that man, we may become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 Faithful is the saying. And I want thee to strongly insist about these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to manage good works. These things are good and beneficial to men. 9 But avoid foolish questionings, and genealogies, and contentions, and legal fightings, for they are useless and vain. 10 Shun a factious man after a first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted, and sins, being self-condemned.
12 When I will send Artemas to thee, or Tychicus. Be diligence to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to winter there. 13 Help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way diligently, so that nothing may be lacking for them.