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Titus 3 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

Saved in Order to Do Good

1. Remind the people [where you minister] to be in subjection to [civic] rulers, [governmental] authorities, to be obedient [to them], to be prepared for [doing] every good deed,

2. to slander no one, to be peaceful, to be considerate [or, “gentle”] and to show every courtesy to all people.

3. For we [Christians] were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various kinds of [evil] desires and [sinful] pleasures. [We used to] live in malice and envy, hating people and being hated by them.

4. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward mankind appeared,

5. He saved us, not because of any good deeds we ourselves had done, but because of His mercy. [He saved us] through the washing of new birth [Note: This refers to our immersion in water] and the renewing [work] of the Holy Spirit,

6. whom God poured out upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

7. [This was] so that, being made right with God by His unearned favor, we could have the hope of [possessing our] inheritance of never ending life [in heaven].

8. This saying is trustworthy and I want you [in your teaching] to affirm these things with confidence, so that those people who have trusted God will be careful to devote themselves to doing good deeds. These things [i.e., just mentioned] are good and profitable for people [to do].

9. But you should avoid foolish arguments, and [pointless] discussions about ancestors, and quarrels and disputes about [observance of] the Law of Moses, for they are unprofitable and useless.

10. After you have warned a divisive person twice, have nothing more to do with him [i.e., withdraw spiritual fellowship from him].

11. You can be sure that such a person is [spiritually] corrupt and sinful, and that he is condemned by his own actions.

Final Remarks

12. As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis [Note: Since there were several places by this name, its exact location is unknown], because I plan to spend the winter there.

13. Do all you can [materially] to send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they do not [have to] lack anything [they need].

14. Our people [i.e., the Christians there on Crete] also should learn to practice good deeds for meeting pressing needs, so that they can be productive [in the Lord’s work].

15. All those who are with me send you their greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith [i.e., our fellow Christians]. May God’s unearned favor be with all of you.