Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine.
Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance.
Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness.
By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children,
be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior.
Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives.
But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching,
your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.
Guide slaves into being loyal workers, a bonus to their masters - no back talk,
no petty thievery. Then their good character will shine through their actions, adding luster to the teaching of our Savior God.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)