Titus 3:1-11 New Matthew Bible (NMB)
Of obedience to persons in authority. Of gentleness to all people. He warns Titus to beware of foolish and unprofitable questions.
3 Warn the people to submit themselves to rule and authority, to obey the officials, to be ready for all good works, 2 to speak evil of no one, and not to be fighters, but soft, showing all gentleness to all people. 3 For we ourselves also were in times past unwise: disobedient, deceived; captive to desires, lusts, and diverse kinds of sensuality; living in maliciousness and envy, full of hate, hating one another.
4 But after the kindness and love of our Saviour God toward man appeared, 5 he saved us – not for the deeds of righteousness that we have done, but of his mercy, by the fountain of the new birth, and with the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 so that we, once justified by his grace, should be heirs of eternal life through hope. 8 This is a true saying.
These things I want you to affirm constantly, so that those who believe God may be diligent to go forward in good works. These things are good and profitable to people. 9 Foolish questions and genealogies, and brawling and strife about the law, avoid. For they are unprofitable and superfluous.
10 A person who is given to heresy, after the first and the second admonition, avoid, 11 remembering that such a one has been perverted, and sins, even condemned by his own judgment.