Final Instructions and Greetings

17 I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles (A)contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; (B)avoid them. 18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but (C)their own appetites,[a] and (D)by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 16:18 Greek their own belly

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, (A)does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching (B)has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, (C)do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him (D)takes part in his wicked works.

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The Temple of the Living God

14 (A)Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For (B)what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or (C)what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 (D)What accord has Christ with Belial?[a] Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For (E)we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

(F)“I will make my dwelling among them and (G)walk among them,
    and (H)I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore (I)go out from their midst,
    and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
    then I will welcome you,
18 (J)and I will be a father to you,
    and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:15 Greek Beliar

11 (A)Take no part in the (B)unfruitful (C)works of darkness, but instead (D)expose them.

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He must (A)hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in (B)sound[a] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

10 For there are many who are insubordinate, (C)empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of (D)the circumcision party.[b] 11 They must be silenced, since (E)they are upsetting whole families by teaching (F)for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 (G)One of the Cretans,[c] a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”[d] 13 This testimony is true. Therefore (H)rebuke them (I)sharply, that they (J)may be sound in the faith, 14 (K)not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and (L)the commands of people (M)who turn away from the truth. 15 (N)To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and (O)unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both (P)their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16 (Q)They profess to know God, but they (R)deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, (S)unfit for any good work.

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Footnotes

  1. Titus 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13
  2. Titus 1:10 Or especially those of the circumcision
  3. Titus 1:12 Greek One of them
  4. Titus 1:12 Probably from Epimenides of Crete

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