1 Admonish them to be submissive to governors and magistrates, to obey their orders, and to be ready to every good work; 2 to slander no man, to avoid contention, to be gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. 3 For we also were formerly foolish, disobedient, going astray, enslaved to various disorderly appetites and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour towards man appeared, 5 not for works of righteousness which we had done, but according to his own mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the holy Spirit; 6 which He hath plentifully shed upon us, through Jesus Christ our Saviour: 7 that being justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a word which ought to believed and observed, and concerning these things I would have thee stedfastly affirm, that they who have believed in God be careful to excel in good works: for these things are good and profitable to men. 9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and strifes and contentions about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain: 10 reject therefore such an heretical man, after the first and second admonition; knowing that such a one is perverted, 11 and sinneth as being self-condemned.
12 When I shall send Artemas to thee, or Tychicus, endeavour to come to me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to winter. 13 Forward Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos, on their journey carefully, that nothing may be wanting to them.