But when the kindness1 and love of God our Savior2 appeared,35
he saved us,4 not because of righteous things we had done,5 but because of his mercy.6 He saved us through the washing7 of rebirth and renewal8 by the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us9 generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that, having been justified by his grace,10 we might become heirs11 having the hope12 of eternal life.138
This is a trustworthy saying.14 And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.15 These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid16 foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels17 about the law,18 because these are unprofitable and useless.1910
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.2011
You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus21 to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.2213
Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos23 on their way and see that they have everything they need.
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good,24 in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.