2 But as for you, communicate the behavior that goes with 1 sound teaching. 2 Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, 2 sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. 3 3 Older women likewise are to exhibit behavior fitting for those who are holy, not slandering, not slaves to excessive drinking, but teaching what is good. 4 In this way 4 they will train 5 the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be self-controlled, 6 pure, fulfilling their duties at home, 7 kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the message 8 of God may not be discredited. 9 6 Encourage younger men likewise to be self-controlled, 10 7 showing yourself to be an example of good works in every way. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and a sound message that cannot be criticized, so that any opponent will be at a loss, 11 because he has nothing evil to say about us. 9 Slaves 12 are to be subject to their own masters in everything, 13 to do what is wanted and not talk back, 10 not pilfering, but showing all good faith, 14 in order to bring credit to 15 the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. 16 12 It trains us 17 to reject godless ways 18 and worldly desires and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 as we wait for the happy fulfillment of our hope in the glorious appearing 19 of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 20 14 He 21 gave himself for us to set us free from every kind of lawlessness and to purify for himself a people who are truly his, 22 who are eager to do good. 23 15 So communicate these things with the sort of exhortation or rebuke 24 that carries full authority. 25 Don’t let anyone look down 26 on you.
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