Be Ready for Every Good Work1 Remind them a to be submissive to rulers and authorities b to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 c to speak evil of no one d to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and e to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For f we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when g the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, h not because of works done by us in righteousness, but i according to his own mercy, by j the washing of regeneration and k renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he l poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that m being justified by his grace we might become n heirs o according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is p trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful q to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. 9 But r avoid foolish s controversies t genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for u they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 As for a person who stirs up division, v after warning him once and then twice, w have nothing more to do with him, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
Final Instructions and Greetings12 When I send Artemas or x Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me y at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and z Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. 14 And let our people learn aa to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not ab be unfruitful. 15 All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. ac Grace be with you all.
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