THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
VI. Charging the Saints to Keep
a Good Relationship with the Government
1 Remind them to be 1asubject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be bready unto every good work,
2 To aslander no one, to be 1buncontentious, 2cgentle, showing all dmeekness toward all men.
3 For we also 1were aonce foolish, bdisobedient, cdeceived, serving as dslaves evarious 2lusts and fpleasures, spending our lives in gmalice and henvy, hateful, hating one another.
4 But when the 1akindness and the blove to man of our cSavior God dappeared,
5 Not out of 1aworks in brighteousness which we did but according to His 2cmercy He dsaved us, through the 3ewashing of 4fregeneration and the grenewing of the 5Holy hSpirit,
6 Whom He 1apoured out upon us brichly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
7 1In order that having been ajustified by 2His bgrace, we might become 3cheirs according to the dhope of eeternal life.
8 aFaithful is 1the word, and concerning 2these things I desire you to 3bconfidently affirm, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to maintain crespectable works. These things are good and profitable to men.
VII. Dealing with a Factious One
9 But 1aavoid foolish 2bquestionings and 3cgenealogies and 4dstrifes and 5econtentions about the 6flaw, for they are gunprofitable and 7hvain.
10 A 1afactious man, after a first and second badmonition, 2crefuse,
11 Knowing that such a one is 1perverted and is asinning, though he is condemned by his own self.
12 When I send Artemas to you or aTychicus, be diligent to bcome to me at 1cNicopolis, for I have decided to spend the dwinter there.
13 1Zenas the 2alawyer and bApollos csend forward diligently that nothing may be lacking to them.
14 And let those also who are ours learn to maintain arespectable works for their necessary bneeds, that they may not be cunfruitful.
15 All who are awith me greet you. Greet those who blove us in 1cfaith. dGrace be with you all.