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.