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1But you, explain what kind of behavior goes along with sound teaching. 2Tell the older men to be serious, sensible, self-controlled and sound in their trust, love and perseverance.
3Likewise, tell the older women to behave the way people leading a holy life should. They shouldn’t be slanderers or slaves to excessive drinking. They should teach what is good, 4thus training the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to take good care of their homes and submit to their husbands. In this way, God’s message will not be brought into disgrace.
6Similarly, urge the young men to be self-controlled, 7and in everything set them an example yourself by doing what is good. When you are teaching, have integrity and be serious; 8let everything you say be so wholesome that an opponent will be put to shame because he will have nothing bad to say about us.
9Tell slaves to submit to their masters in everything, to give satisfaction without talking back 10or pilfering. On the contrary, they should demonstrate complete faithfulness always, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Deliverer more attractive.
11For God’s grace, which brings deliverance, has appeared to all people. 12It teaches us to renounce godlessness and worldly pleasures, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives now, in this age; 13while continuing to expect the blessed fulfillment of our certain hope, which is the appearing of the Sh’khinah of our great God and the appearing of our Deliverer, Yeshua the Messiah. 14He gave himself up on our behalf in order to free us from all violation of Torah and purify for himself a people who would be his own, eager to do good.
15These are the things you should say. Encourage and rebuke with full authority; don’t let anyone look down on you.