Show True Humility Toward All Men
Remind the people to be subject to Rulers and Authorities,
To be Obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,
2 To Slander no one, to be Peaceable and Considerate,
To show True Humility toward all men.
3 AT ONE TIME WE TOO WERE FOOLISH, DISOBEDIENT,
DECEIVED AND ENSLAVED
BY ALL KINDS OF PASSIONS AND PLEASURES.
WE LIVED IN MALICE AND ENVY,
BEING HATED AND HATING ONE ANOTHER.
4 BUT WHEN THE KINDNESS AND LOVE
OF GOD OUR SAVIOR APPEARED,
5 HE SAVED US,
NOT BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUS THINGS WE HAD DONE,
BUT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY.
HE SAVED US
THOUGH THE WASHING OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL
BY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
6 WHOM HE POURED OUT ON US GENEROUSLY
THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR,
7 SO THAT, HAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE,
WE MIGHT BECOME HEIRS
HAVING THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.
8 This is a Trustworthy Saying.
And I want you to Stress these things,
So that those who have Trusted in God
May be careful to Devote themselves to doing what is good.
THESE THINGS ARE EXCELLENT AND PROFITABLE FOR EVERYONE.
9 But avoid foolish Controversies and genealogies
And Arguments and Quarrels about the Law,
Because these are Unprofitable and Useless.
10 Warn a Divisive person once,
And Warn him a second time.
AFTER THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM.
YOU MAY BE SURE THAT SUCH A MEN
IS WARPED AND SINFUL;
HE IS SELF-CONDEMNED.
12 As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you,
Do your best to come t me at Nicopolis,
Because I have decided to winter there.
13 Do everything you can
To help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way
And see that they have everything they need.
14 OUR PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO DEVOTE THEMSELVES
TO DOING WHAT IS GOOD,
IN ORDER THAT THEY MAY PROVIDE FOR DAILY NECESSITIES
AND NOT LIVE UNPRODUCTIVE LIVES.
15 Everyone with me sends you greetings.
Greet those who love us in the Faith.
GRACE BE WITH YOU ALL.