3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and 1 authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work. 2 They must not slander 2 anyone, but be peaceable, gentle, showing complete courtesy to all people. 3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 3 But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, 5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us in full measure 4 through Jesus Christ our Savior. 7 And so, 5 since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” 6
8 This saying 7 is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on such truths, 8 so that those who have placed their faith in God may be intent on engaging in good works. These things are good and beneficial for all people. 9 But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, 9 quarrels, and fights about the law, 10 because they are useless and empty. 10 Reject a divisive person after one or two warnings. 11 You know 11 that such a person is twisted by sin 12 and is conscious of it himself. 13
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Make every effort to help 14 Zenas the lawyer 15 and Apollos on their way; make sure they have what they need. 16 14 Here is another way that our people 17 can learn 18 to engage in good works to meet pressing needs and so not be unfruitful. 15 Everyone with me greets you. Greet those who love us in the faith. 19 Grace be with you all. 20
1 From Paul, 1 a prisoner of Christ Jesus, 2 and Timothy our 3 brother, to Philemon, our dear friend 4 and colaborer, 2 to Apphia 5 our sister, 6 to Archippus our 7 fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your house. 3 Grace and peace to you 8 from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
4 I always thank my God 9 as I remember you in my prayers, 10 5 because I hear 11 of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love 12 for all the saints. 13 6 I pray 14 that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing 15 that belongs to you 16 in Christ. 17 7 I 18 have had great joy and encouragement because 19 of your love, for the hearts 20 of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
8 So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could command you to do what is proper, 9 I would rather appeal 21 to you on the basis of love – I, Paul, an old man 22 and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus 23 – 10 I am appealing 24 to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become 25 during my imprisonment, 26 that is, Onesimus, 11 who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you 27 and me. 12 I have sent 28 him (who is my very heart) 29 back to you. 13 I wanted to keep him so that he could serve me in your place 30 during 31 my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel. 32 14 However, 33 without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your good deed would not be out of compulsion, but from your own willingness. 15 For perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated from you for a little while, so that you would have him back eternally, 34 16 no longer as a slave, 35 but more than a slave, as a dear brother. He is especially so to me, and even more so to you now, both humanly speaking 36 and in the Lord. 17 Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me. 18 Now if he has defrauded you of anything or owes you anything, charge what he owes 37 to me. 19 I, Paul, have written 38 this letter 39 with my own hand: 40 I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe 41 me your very self. 20 Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 42 21 Since I was confident that you would obey, I wrote to you, because I knew that you would do even more than 43 what I am asking you to do. 22 At the same time also, prepare a place for me to stay, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given back to you.
23 Epaphras, 44 my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you. 24 Mark, Aristarchus, 45 Demas 46 and Luke, my colaborers, greet you too. 25 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be 47 with your spirit. 48
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.