3 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,2 to slander no one, not to be contentious, to begentle, showing every consideration for all people.3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we did in righteousness, but in accordance with His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,6 whom He richly poured out upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior,7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs [a]according to the hope of eternal life.8 This statement is trustworthy; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and beneficial for people.9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are useless and worthless.10 Reject a [b]divisive person after a first and second warning,11 knowing that such a person has deviated from what is right and is sinning, being self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.13 Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way so that nothing is lacking for them.14 Our people must also learn to engage in good [c]deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unproductive.
15 All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
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