1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready for every good work: 2 To speak evil of no man, not to be quarrelsome, to be gentle, shewing all meekness toward all men. 3 For we also were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, inslaved to various desires and pleasures, living in wickedness and envy, hateful, hating one another:
4 But when the kindness and philanthropy of God our Saviour appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we had done, but according to his own mercy he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. 6 Which he poured forth richly upon us, 7 through Jesus Christ our Saviour, That, being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs, according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, to the end that they who have believed in God, be careful to excel in 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 An heretic after a first and second admonition reject, 11 Knowing that such an one is perverted and sinneth, being self-condemned.
12 When I shall send Artemas or Tychicus to thee, be diligent to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined to winter there. 13 Send forward with diligence Zenas the lawyer and Apollos, that they may want nothing.