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The Teaching of Sound Doctrine
1But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. 3The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5to be discreet, chaste, keepers#2.5 keepers. Some early manuscripts have workers. at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 6Young men likewise exhort to be soberminded. 7In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 8sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. 9Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; 10not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14#Ps 130.8Exod 19.5Deut 4.20Deut 7.6Deut 14.2Deut 26.181 Pet 2.9 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
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