Teaching all people how to be godly
1But you should talk in a way that is consistent with sound teaching. 2Tell the older men to be sober, dignified, sensible, and healthy in respect to their faith, love, and patience.
3Likewise, tell the older women to be reverent in their behavior, teaching what is good, rather than being gossips or addicted to heavy drinking. 4That way they can mentor young women to love their husbands and children, 5and to be sensible, morally pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, so that God’s word won’t be ridiculed. 6Likewise, encourage the younger men to be sensible 7in every way. Offer yourself as a role model of good actions. Show integrity, seriousness, 8and a sound message that is above criticism when you teach, so that any opponent will be ashamed because they won’t find anything bad to say about us.
9Tell slaves to submit to their own masters and please them in everything they do. They shouldn’t talk back 10or steal. Instead, they should show that they are completely reliable in everything so that they might make the teaching about God our savior attractive in every way.
11The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. 12It educates us so that we can live sensible, ethical, and godly lives right now by rejecting ungodly lives and the desires of this world. 13At the same time we wait for the blessed hope and the glorious appearance of our great God and savior Jesus Christ. 14He gave himself for us in order to rescue us from every kind of lawless behavior, and cleanse a special people for himself who are eager to do good actions.
15Talk about these things. Encourage and correct with complete authority. Don’t let anyone disrespect you.