3 Be reminding them to be subject to rulers, to authorities; to be obedient[a]; to be ready for every good work; 2 to blaspheme no one; to be non-quarrelsome, kind, demonstrating all gentleness toward all people.
For We Also Were Once Foolish And Deceived, But God Saved Us By His Mercy And Grace
3 For we also were once foolish[b], disobedient, being deceived, being-slaves[c]to various desires and pleasures, spending life in malice and envy, detested[d], hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love-for-mankind of our Savior God appeared, 5 He saved us[e]— not by works which we did in [our] righteousness, but according-to[f] His mercy, through a washing[g]of[h] regeneration[i] and a renewing[j]of[k]the Holy Spirit, 6 Whom He richly poured-out upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 in order that having been declared-righteous by the grace of that One, we might become heirs according-to[l]the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is trustworthy.
Speak With Confidence, So That Believers Take The Lead In Good Works
And concerning these things I want you to be speaking-confidently, in order that the ones having believed in God may be careful[m] to take-the-lead[n]in good works. These things are good and profitable for people. 9 But be shunning foolish[o] controversies and genealogies and quarrels and battles pertaining-to-the-Law. For they are unprofitable and worthless[p]. 10 Be declining[q]a divisive person after a first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a one has been perverted[r] and is sinning, being self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, be diligent to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have determined to spend-the-winter there. 13 Diligently[s] send-forward[t] Zenas the lawyer[u] and Apollos, in order that nothing may be lacking for them. 14 And let our people also be learning to take-the-lead[v]in good works for necessary[w] needs, in order that they may not be unfruitful. 15 All the ones with me greet you. Greet the ones loving us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
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