3* Remind them to be submissive and obedient to governments and authorities, to be ready for every good work, 2 to vilify nobody, to keep out of fights, to be reasonable and show all gentleness toward all men. 3 For we ourselves were once stupid, disobedient, drifters, in servitude to varied desires and pleasures, leading a life of viciousness and envy, odious, hating each other; 4 but when kindness and goodwill came on from our savior God, 5 not as the outcome of deeds in righteousness that we did but in the way of his mercy he saved us by the bath of rebirth and renovation by the Holy Spirit, 6 which he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7* in order that being justified by his grace we might become heirs with hope of eternal life.
8* The saying is a trustworthy one, and about these things I want you to be positive, in order that those who have believed God may take care to practice good works. These things are good and useful to men; 9 but stand away from foolish arguments and tracings of genealogies and quarreling and fights over the law, for they are useless and futile. 10* Have nothing more to do with a troublemaker after one and a second admonition, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning when he is self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, try to come to me promptly at Nicopolis; for I have decided to be there through the winter. 13 Give Zenas the legist and Apollos your best send-off so that they shall have no lack of anything. 14* And let our people also learn to practice good works for occasions of emergency, so that they may not be unfruitful.
15 All who are with me send you greetings. Give my greetings to those who love us in faith. Grace be with you all.