1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and authorities, to obey rulers, to be ready for every good work, 2 to revile no one, not to be contentious, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men. 3 For we ourselves also were formerly foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one an other.
4 But when the kindness and philanthropy of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, 5 not by works of righteousness which we had done, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior; 7 that, being justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This saying is true, and in respect to these things, I will that you affirm strongly, in order that those who have believed in God may be careful to practice good works: these are the things that are honorable and profitable for men. 9 But foolish questions and genealogies and strifes and contentions about the law, avoid; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is a sectary, reject, after the first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a one is perverted, and sins, being self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, hasten to come to me at Nicopolis; for I have determined to spend the winter there. 13 Conduct Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos on their journey with care, that nothing may be wanting to them.