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Chapter 3


3:1 Bring them under remembrance (hupomimnēske autous) to chief ones746 (archais), to authorities (exousiais);


to be put in submission5293 (hupotassesthai);


to be ruled by persuasion (peitharchein);


to be (einai) ready (hetoimous) toward (pros) every (pan) good (agathon) work (ergon);


3:2 to blaspheme (blasphēmein) not one (mēdena);


to be (einai) a non-fighter (amachous), gentle ones (epieikeis), causing yourselves to indicate (endeiknumenous) every (pasan) meekness (prautēta) toward (pros) all (pantas) mortals (anthrōpous).


3:3 Because (gar) we (hēmeis) also (kai), in time past (pote), were being (ēmen) unperceptive ones (anoētoi), dissuaded ones (apeitheis), ones being caused to wander (planōmenoi), ones slaving (douleuontes) for various (poikilais) lusts (epithumiais) and (kai) hedonisms (hēdonais), we being led through (diagontes) [life] in (en) malice (kakia) and (kai) envy (phthonō), [we being] abhorable ones (stugētoi), we despising (misountes) one another (allēlous)!


3:4 But (de) when (hote) the (hē) benevolence (chrēstotēs) and (kai) the (hē) philanthropy (philanthrōpia) of the (tou) Savior4990 (sōtēros) of us (hēmōn), of God (theou), was shined upon (epephanē) [us],


3:5 (absolutely not (ouk) out (ek) of works (ergōn), the ones (tōn) which (ha) we (hēmeis) did (epoiēsamen) in (en) righteousness (dikaiosunē), BUT (alla), down according to (kata) the (to) mercy (eleos) of Him (autou)), He made us whole (esōsen hēmas);


(For God boasting of His mercy see Mat. 9:13; Hos. 6:6; Exod. 15:13, *25:21-22; Psalm 103:11, 17; Mat. 5:7, 12:7, 23:23; Luke 1:50-54, 72, 78; Rom. 9:15; Eph. 2:4; Tit. 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:3)


through (dia) a bath (loutrou) of a genesis again (palingenesias), and (kai) of a freshening up (anakainōseōs) of holy (hagiou) Spirit (pneumatos),


(For what is the scriptural definition of the meaning of, “being baptized in the name of…”, compare Mat. 28:19; John 5:37-43, 10:25, 13:6-15; Acts 4:7, 9:17-18, 22:16; Rom. 1:1-6; Eph. 5:26; Titus 3:5; Rev. 1:5)


(See Isa. 12:3; John 4:10; Titus 3:5)


3:6 which (hou) He poured out richly (execheen plousiōs) over (eph’) [the sake] of us (hēmas), through (dia) Jesus (Iēsou) Christ (Christou), the (tou) savior4990 (sōtēros) of us (hēmon);


3:7 we having been made righteous (dikaiōthentes) [thanks] to the (tē) grace (chariti) of that one (ekeinou);


in order that2443 (hina) down on account (kat') of hope (elpida) we may become (genēthōmen) heirs (klēronomoi) of ageless (aioniou) life (zōēs)!


3:8 The (ho) Word (logos) [is] [a] believable one (pistos)!


And (kai) about (peri) these things (toutōn) I wish (boulomai) you (se) to cause yourself to be thoroughly steadfast (diabebaiousthai);


in order that (hina) the ones (hoi) having believed (pepisteukotes) God (theō) may be thoughtful (phrontizōsin) of beautiful (kalōn) works (ergōn), to cause themselves to stand before (proistasthai) [God, AE].


Of these things (tauta), [each one, AE] is (estin) [a] beautiful one (kala) and (kai) [a] profitable one (ōphelima) to the (tois) mortals (anthrōpois).


3:9 But (de) of moronic (mōras) debates (zētēseis), and (kai) of genealogies (genealogias), and (kai) of rivalries (ereis), and (kai) of fights (machas) of lawyers (nomikas), do [not] cause yourself to stand around (periistaso) [them].


Because (gar) they are (eisin) unprofitable (anōphelies) and (kai) empty (mataioi).


3:10 A heretical (hairetikon) mortal (anthrōpon), with (meta) [the passing of] one (mian) and (kai) a second (deuteran) mind-setting3559 (nouthesian) [with him], request for yourself to be pardoned (paraitou);


3:11 having seen (eidōs) that (hoti) the one (ho) like this (toioutos) has been turned outward (exestraptai) and (kai) sins (hamartanei), one being (ōn) self-judged down (autokatakritos).


3:12 When perhaps (hotan) I may send (pempsō) Artemas (Arteman) to (pros) you (se), or (ē) Tychicus (Tuchikon), make haste (spoudason) to come (elthein) to (pros) me (me) into (eis) Nicopolis (Nikopolis), because (gar) there (ekei) I have judged (kekrika) to winter (paracheimasai).


3:13 Hastily (spoudaiōs) send forward (propempson) Zenas (Zēnan) the (ton) lawyer (nomikon), and (kai) Apollos (Apollōn);


in order that (hina) not one thing (mēden) may be left behind (leipē) for them (autois).


3:14 But (de) the ones (hoi) of ours (hēmeteroi) also (kai), let them learn (manthanetōsan) of beautiful (kalōn) works (ergōn) into (eis) the (tas) necessary (anankaias) needs (chreias) [of themselves, AE], to cause themselves to stand before (proistasthai) [God, AE];


in order that (hina) they may not be (mē ōsin) unproductive ones (akarpoi).


(For a believer's responsibility to stand himself alongside of the Father through doing good works, in order to receive anything from Him, see Mat. 6:1-4, 18:19, 19:26, 21:42; Mark 10:27, 12:11; Luke 1:30, 37; John 5:44, 6:45-46, 8:38-42, 9:33, 17:5-8; Rom. 2:11-13, 6:13, 12:1; 1 Cor. 7:24, 8:8a; 2 Cor. 9:8; Gal. 3:11; Eph. 6:8; 1 Tim. 2:10; 2 Tim. 3:17; Tit. 2:14, 3:8,14; Heb. 10:24; James 1:5-7, 27; 1 Pet. 2:20-21; 2 Pet. 3:8; 2 John 1:3; Rev. 2:28)


3:15 All (pantes) the ones (hoi) with (met’) me (emou) embrace (aspazontai) you (se).


Cause yourself to embrace (aspasai) the ones (tous) loving (philountas) us (hēmas) in (en) belief (pistei).


The (hē) grace (charis) [of God, v1:4, RE] [be] with (meta) all (pantōn) of you (humōn).