who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place,1 and they destroy the faith of some.219
Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm,3 sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his,"a4 and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord 5 must turn away from wickedness."
In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.621
If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.722
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love8 and peace, along with those who call on the Lord 9 out of a pure heart.1023
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.1124
And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.1225
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,1326
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil,14 who has taken them captive to do his will.