1 Admonish them to be subject to principalities, to powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all meekness to all men. 3 For we formerly were foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, detestable, and hating one another;
4 but when the goodness and philanthropy of the Saviour our God appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we did but according to his mercy he saved us through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7 that having been justified by his grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 The word is true, and I wish you to insist strongly concerning these things, that those who have believed in God may be careful to maintain good works. For these things are honorable and useful to 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 heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject, 11 knowing that such a one is subverted, and sins, being self-condemned.
12 When I send you Artemas, or Tychicus, make haste to come to me at Nicopolis; for there I have determined to spend the winter. 13 Send forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos with diligence, and let nothing be wanting to them;
14 and let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary purposes, that they may not be unfruitful. 15 All who are with me salute you. Salute those who love us in the faith. The grace be with you all.