1 Admonish them to be subject to dominion and power, and to persuade those who have authority, that they be quick unto every good work. 2 That they speak evil of no one, that they not be contentious, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we ourselves also were foolish in another time, rebellious, deceived, serving diverse lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out abundantly in us through Jesus, the Christ, our Saviour; 7 that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 The Word is faithful, and I desire that thou affirm this constantly, that those who have believed God might be careful to conduct themselves in good works. This is good and profitable unto men. 9 But avoid foolish questions and genealogies and contentions and debates concerning the law, for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject him, 11 knowing that he that is such is subverted and sins, being condemned of his own judgment.
12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee or Tychicus, procure to come unto me to Nicopolis; for I have determined to winter there. 13 Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on ahead, procuring that nothing be lacking unto them.