Be Ready for Good Deeds
1Remind the people to be submitted to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed,
2to slander no one, without fighting, gentle, showing every courtesy to all people.
3For we also once were foolish, disobedient, deluded, enslaved to various desires and pleasures, spending our lives in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
4But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared—
5not by deeds of righteousness which we had done ourselves, but because of His mercy— He saved us through the mikveh of rebirth and renewing of the Ruach ha-Kodesh,
6whom He abundantly poured out on us through Messiah Yeshua our Savior,
7so that being set right by His grace, we might become heirs with the confident hope of eternal life!
8Trustworthy is the saying, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have put their trust in God may be careful to devote themselves to good deeds. These things are good and beneficial for people.
9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about Torah, for they are unprofitable and useless.
10Dismiss a quarrelsome person after a first and second warning,
11knowing that such a person is twisted and is sinning—he is self- condemned.
12When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, hurry to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to winter there.
13Send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with great care, so that nothing is lacking for them.
14And let our people learn to devote themselves to doing mitzvot to meet urgent needs, so they will not be unfruitful.
15All who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.