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3 Continue reminding them to be in subjection+ and be obedient to governments and authorities as rulers,+ to be ready for every good work,+ 2 to speak injuriously of no one, not to be belligerent,*+ to be reasonable,*+ exhibiting all mildness toward all men.+ 3 For even we were once senseless, disobedient, being misled, being slaves to various desires and pleasures, carrying on in badness and envy, abhorrent, hating one another.+ 4 However, when the kindness+ and the love for man* on the part of our Savior,+ God, was manifested,+ 5 owing to no works+ in righteousness that we had performed,+ but according to his mercy+ he saved us through the bath+ that brought us to life*+ and through the making of us new by holy spirit.+ 6 This [spirit] he poured out richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior,+ 7 that, after being declared righteous+ by virtue of the undeserved kindness of that one,+ we might become heirs+ according to a hope of everlasting life.+ 8 Faithful is the saying,+ and concerning these things I desire you to make firm assertions constantly, in order that those who have believed God may keep their minds on maintaining fine works.+ These things are fine and beneficial to men. 9 But shun foolish questionings+ and genealogies+ and strife+ and fights over the Law,+ for they are unprofitable and futile. 10 As for a man that promotes a sect,*+ reject+ him after a first and a second admonition;*+ 11 knowing that such a man has been turned out of the way* and is sinning, he being self-condemned.+ 12 When I send Ar′te·mas or Tych′i·cus+ to you, do your utmost to come to me at Ni·cop′o·lis, for there is where I have decided to winter.+ 13 Carefully supply Ze′nas, who is versed in the Law,* and A·pol′los for their trip, that they may not lack anything.+ 14 But let our people also learn to maintain fine works so as to meet their pressing needs,+ that they may not be unfruitful.+ 15 All those with me send you their greetings.+ Give my greetings to those who have affection for us in the faith. May the undeserved kindness be with all of YOU people.+
^ Lit., “not disposed to fight.”
^ Lit., “yielding.”
^ Or, “the bath of rebirth.” Lit., “bath of regeneration.” Gr., lou·trou′ pa·lin·ge·ne·si′as; Lat., la·va′crum re·ge·ne·ra·ti·o′nis. Compare Mt 19:28 ftn.
^ “That promotes a sect.” Or, “sectarian.” Gr., hai·re·ti·kon′; Lat., he·re′ti·cum.
^ Lit., “putting mind within.”
^ Lit., “has been turned inside out.”
^ “Versed in the Law.” Lit., “the lawyer.” Gr., ton no·mi·kon′.