1 Put them in mind to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, not being quarrelsome, but forbearing, showing all meekness to all men. 3 For we ourselves also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, slaving for various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that being justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 Faithful is the Word, and as to these things, I desire that you strongly affirm that those believing God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. 9 But avoid foolish questions and genealogies and contentions, and strivings about the Law, for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 After the first and second warning, reject a man of heresy, 11 knowing that he who is such has been 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 winter there. 13 Diligently set forward Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos, that nothing may be lacking to them.
14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, so that they may not be unfruitful. 15 All those with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. May grace be with you all. Amen.