1 Put them in mind to submit themselves to governments, to authorities, to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be averse to strife, forbearing, showing all meekness to all men. 3 For we ourselves also were once foolish, disobedient, going astray, slaves to divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and love for men of God our Saviour appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we did, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the bath of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 that having been accepted as righteous by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of everlasting life.
8 True is the saying; and these things I desire that thou affirm earnestly, that they who have believed in God may be careful to practise good works. These things are good and profitable to men; 9 but avoid foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and contentions about the Law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that stirs up divisions, after a first and second admonition, avoid; 11 knowing that he that is such is utterly perverted, and sinneth, being selfcondemned.
12 When I shall have sent Artemas to thee, or Tychicus, use diligence to come to me to Nicopolis; for there I have determined to pass the winter. 13 Zenas the lawyer and Apollos forward on their journey diligently, that nothing may be wanting to them.