1 Remind them a to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, b to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For c we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when d the kindness and the love of e God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 f not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through g the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 h whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace i we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 j This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. 9 But k avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. 10 l Reject a divisive man after the first and second 1 admonition, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.