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Advice for Behavior in Community

But as for you, speak things that are fitting for sound instruction. Older men are to be clear-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, in patience. Likewise, older women are to be sanctified in demeanor—not backbiting or enslaved to much wine. Let them be teachers of what is good, so that they may train the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, managing their household, kind, submitted to their own husbands, so that God’s word may not be dishonored.

Likewise urge the younger men to be self-controlled, in all things showing yourself to be an example of good deeds—integrity in instruction, dignity, sound speech beyond criticism—so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

Urge slaves to submit themselves to their own masters in all things, well-pleasing and not back-talking, 10 not stealing but showing all good faithfulness, so that they may do credit to the teaching about God our Savior in everything.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 training us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live in a manner that is self-controlled and righteous and godly in the present age. 13 We wait for the blessed hope and appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Messiah Yeshua. 14 He gave Himself for us so that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and so that He might purify for Himself a chosen people, zealous for good deeds. [a] 15 So communicate these things, and encourage and correct with complete authority. Let no one look down on you.