1 TimothyChapter 4


1 But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later seasons some shall fall from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through hypocrisy of lying speakers, their own conscience branded; 3 forbidding to marry, commanding to abstain from meats, which :God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth. 4 Because every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if received with thanksgiving: 5 for it is sanctified through God’s word and prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in mind of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith and of the good teaching which thou hast followed on: 7 but refuse profane and old women’s fables. And exercise thyself unto godliness: 8 for the bodily exercise is profitable for little; but :godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life now, and of the one to come. 9 Faithful the saying, and worthy of all acceptation. 10 For hereunto we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on a living God, who is Savior of all men, specially of the faithful.
11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no one despise thy :youth; but be an example to the faithful, in word, in behavior, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give heed to the reading, the exhortation, the teaching. 14 Neglect not the gift in thee, which was given thee through prophecy, with laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Be diligent in these; give thyself wholly to these; that thy :progress be manifest to all. 16 Take heed to thyself, and to the teaching. Continue therein; for in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and thy :hearers.