he saved us,1 not because of righteous things we had done,2 but because of his mercy.3 He saved us through the washing4 of rebirth and renewal5 by the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us6 generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that, having been justified by his grace,7 we might become heirs8 having the hope9 of eternal life.108
This is a trustworthy saying.11 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.12 These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
But avoid13 foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels14 about the law,15 because these are unprofitable and useless.1610
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.1711
You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus18 to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.1913
Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos20 on their way and see that they have everything they need.
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good,21 in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.
Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.22 Grace be with you all.23