CHAPTER 3 3 1[I] Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities,[J] to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise. 2They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone. 3For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, 5not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, 6whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, 7so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. 8This saying is trustworthy. Advice to Titus. [K] 9[L] Avoid foolish arguments, genealogies, rivalries, and quarrels about the law, for they are useless and futile. 10After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, 11realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self–condemned. Directives, Greetings, and Blessing. [M] 12When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, try to join me at Nicopolis, where I have decided to spend the winter. 13Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey soon, and see to it that they have everything they need. 14But let our people, too, learn to devote themselves to good works to supply urgent needs, so that they may not be unproductive. 15All who are with me send you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.
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