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] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of
God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father
and Jesus Christ our Lord.
] As I besought thee to abide still at
Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they
teach no other doctrine,
] Neither give heed to fables and endless
genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in
faith: so do.
] Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a
pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor
whereof they affirm.
] But we know that the law is good, if a man
use it lawfully;
] Knowing this, that the law is not made for a
righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for
sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of
mothers, for manslayers,
] For whoremongers, for them that defile
themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and
if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my
] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained
mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
] And the grace of
our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ
] This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation,
that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am
] Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first
Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which
should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
] Now unto the
King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for
ever and ever. Amen.
] This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy,
according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them
mightest war a good warfare;
] Holding faith, and a good
conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made
] Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have
delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
] I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
] For this is good and
acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
] Who will have all men
to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due
] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak
the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and
] I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up
holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
] In like manner also, that
women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not
with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
(which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
] But I suffer not
a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in
] For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the
] Notwithstanding she shall be saved in
childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with
] This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a
bishop, he desireth a good work.
] A bishop then must be blameless,
the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to
hospitality, apt to teach;
] Not given to wine, no striker, not
greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all
] (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how
shall he take care of the church of God?)
] Not a novice, lest being
lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into
reproach and the snare of the devil.
] Likewise must the deacons be
grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy
] Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure
] And let these also first be proved; then let them use
the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
] Even so must their
wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own
] For they that have used the office of a deacon well
purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is
in Christ Jesus.
] These things write I unto thee, hoping to come
unto thee shortly:
] But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how
thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
] And without
controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,
justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on
in the world, received up into glory.
] Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter
times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils;
] Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their
conscience seared with a hot iron;
] Forbidding to marry, and
commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with
thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
] For every
creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with
] For it is sanctified by the word of God and
] If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things,
thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of
faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto
] For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is
profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that
which is to come.
] This is a faithful saying and worthy of all
] For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach,
because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of
those that believe.
] These things command and
] Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of
the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in
] Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation,
] Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was
given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the
] Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to
them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
] Take heed unto
thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt
both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
] Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and
the younger men as brethren;
] The elder women as mothers; the
younger as sisters, with all purity.
] Honour widows that are widows
] But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn
first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and
acceptable before God.
] Now she that is a widow indeed, and
desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and
] But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she
] And these things give in charge, that they may be
] But if any provide not for his own, and specially for
those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an
] Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore
years old, having been the wife of one man,
] Well reported of for
good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if
she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she
have diligently followed every good work.
] But the younger widows
refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will
] Having damnation, because they have cast off their first
] And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from
house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking
things which they ought not.
] I will therefore that the younger
women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary
to speak reproachfully.
] For some are already turned aside after
] If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them
relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that
are widows indeed.
] Let the elders that rule well be counted
worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and
] For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox
that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his
] Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before
two or three witnesses.
] Them that sin rebuke before all, that
others also may fear.
] I charge thee before God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without
preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself
] Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy
stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
] Some men's sins are
open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow
] Likewise also the good works of some are manifest
beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
] Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their
own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not
] And they that have believing masters, let them not
despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because
they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and
] If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome
words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is
according to godliness;
] He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting
about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings,
] Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and
destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw
] But godliness with contentment is great
] For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we
can carry nothing out.
] And having food and raiment let us be
] But they that will be rich fall into temptation
and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in
destruction and perdition.
] For the love of money is the root of
all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and
pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
] But thou, O man of
God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
] Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on
eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses.
] I give thee charge in the sight
of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius
Pilate witnessed a good confession;
] That thou keep this
commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus
] Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and
only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
] Who only
hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no
man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting.
] Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not
highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us
richly all things to enjoy;
] That they do good, that they be rich
in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come,
that they may lay hold on eternal life.
] O Timothy, keep that
which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and
oppositions of science falsely so called:
] Which some professing
have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.