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III.  Put them in mind to submit themselves to governments, to authorities, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

2to speak evil of no one, to be averse to strife, forbearing, showing all meekness to all men.

3For we ourselves also were once foolish, disobedient, going astray, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

4But when the kindness and the love toward man of our Savior God appeared,

5not by works of righteousness which we did, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the bathing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit;

6which he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior;

7that, having been justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

8Faithful is the saying; and concerning these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they who have believed God may be careful to take the lead in good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

9But avoid foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and contentions about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

10A man that causes divisions, after a first and second admonition, avoid;

11knowing that he that is such is perverted, and sins, being self-condemned.

12When I shall send Artemas to thee, or Tychicus, endeavor to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined there to winter.

13Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos, send forward on their journey zealously, that nothing may be wanting to them.

14And let ours also learn to take the lead in good works for necessary wants, that they may not be unfruitful.

15All that are with me salute thee. Salute those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

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