3 Continue reminding them to be in subjection+ and be obedient to governments and authorities as rulers,+ to be ready for every good work,+ 2 to speak injuriously of no one, not to be belligerent,*+ to be reasonable,*+ exhibiting all mildness toward all men.+ 3 For even we were once senseless, disobedient, being misled, being slaves to various desires and pleasures, carrying on in badness and envy, abhorrent, hating one another.+
4 However, when the kindness+ and the love for man* on the part of our Savior,+ God, was manifested,+ 5 owing to no works+ in righteousness that we had performed,+ but according to his mercy+ he saved us through the bath+ that brought us to life*+ and through the making of us new by holy spirit.+ 6 This [spirit] he poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior,+ 7 that, after being declared righteous+ by virtue of the undeserved kindness of that one,+ we might become heirs+ according to a hope of everlasting life.+
8 Faithful is the saying,+ and concerning these things I desire you to make firm assertions constantly, in order that those who have believed God may keep their minds on maintaining fine works.+ These things are fine and beneficial to men.
9 But shun foolish questionings+ and genealogies+ and strife+ and fights over the Law,+ for they are unprofitable and futile. 10 As for a man that promotes a sect,*+ reject+ him after a first and a second admonition;*+ 11 knowing that such a man has been turned out of the way* and is sinning, he being self-condemned.+
12 When I send Arʹte·mas or Tychʹi·cus+ to you, do your utmost to come to me at Ni·copʹo·lis, for there is where I have decided to winter.+ 13 Carefully supply Zeʹnas, who is versed in the Law,* and A·polʹlos for their trip, that they may not lack anything.+ 14 But let our people also learn to maintain fine works so as to meet their pressing needs,+ that they may not be unfruitful.+
May the undeserved kindness be with all of YOU people.+