1It is for you, then, to preach the behaviour which goes with healthy doctrine. 2Older men should be reserved, dignified, moderate, sound in faith and love and perseverance. 3Similarly, older women should behave as befits religious people, with no scandal-mongering and noaddiction to wine -- they must be the teachers of right behaviour 4and show younger women how they should love their husbands and love their children, 5how they must be sensible and chaste, and how to work in their homes, and be gentle, and obey theirhusbands, so that the message of God is not disgraced. 6Similarly, urge younger men to be moderate in everything that they do, 7and you yourself set an example of good works, by sincerity and earnestness, when you are teaching,and by a message sound and irreproachable 8so that any opponent will be at a loss, with no accusation to make against us. 9Slaves must be obedient to their masters in everything, and do what is wanted without argument; 10and there must be no pilfering -- they must show complete honesty at al times, so that they are in everyway a credit to the teaching of God our Saviour. 11You see, God's grace has been revealed to save the whole human race; 12it has taught us that we should give up everything contrary to true religion and all our worldly passions;we must be self-restrained and live upright and religious lives in this present world, 13waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the appearing of the glory of our great God andSaviour Christ Jesus. 14He offered himself for us in order to ransom us from al our faults and to purify a people to be his veryown and eager to do good. 15This is what you must say, encouraging or arguing with ful authority; no one should despise you.
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