UNTO TIMOTHY I
1 Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus according to God our Savior’s commandment, and of Christ Jesus our :hope; 2 to Timothy, genuine child in faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our :Lord.
3 As I, going into Macedonia, exhorted thee to tarry at Ephesus, that thou charge certain men not to teach otherwise, 4 neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister to questionings, rather than God’s †stewardship which is in faith; so now. 5 But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and good conscience and faith unfeigned: 6 from which things some having swerved have turned aside unto vain talking; 7 desiring to be teachers of law, though understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if one use it lawfully, 9 as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for lawless and unruly, for ungodly and sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, abusers of themselves with men, menstealers, liars, false swearers, and if any other thing be contrary to the sound teaching; 11 according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me. 12 I thank him that enabled me, Christ Jesus our :Lord, that he counted me faithful, appointing me to service; 13 though I was :before a blasphemer, and persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our :Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 Faithful the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief: 16 howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me as chief might Jesus Christ show forth all the long-suffering, for an example of them that should thereafter believe on him unto eternal life. 17 Now unto the King of the ages, incorruptible, invisible, only God, honor and glory unto the ages of the ages. Amen. 18 This :charge I commit to thee, Timothy child, according to the prophecies which led the way to thee, that by them thou war the good warfare; 19 having faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made shipwreck concerning the faith: 20 of whom is Hymenæus and Alexander; whom I delivered to :Satan, that they be taught not to blaspheme.
1 I exhort therefore first of all to make supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, for all men; 2 for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity. 3 This is good and acceptable before God our :Savior; 4 who willeth all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth. 5 For one is God, one is also mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself a ransom for all; the testimony to be in its own seasons; 7 whereunto I was appointed preacher and apostle (I speak truth, I lie not), a teacher of the nations in faith and truth. 8 I desire therefore the men to pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and disputings. 9 Likewise, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefastness and sobriety; not with braids, and gold or pearls or costly raiment; 10 but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good works. 11 Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection. 12 But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman being much deceived hath fallen into transgression: 15 but she shall be saved through the childbearing, if they continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.
1 Faithful the saying. If one seeketh an overseership, he desireth a good work: 2 the overseer therefore must be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, hospitality-lover, apt to teach; 3 no brawler, no striker; but gentle, not contentious, no money-lover; 4 ruling well his own :house, having children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (but if one knoweth not how to rule his own :house, how shall he care for God’s church?) 6 not a novice, lest puffed up he fall into condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have good testimony from them without: lest he fall into reproach and the devil’s snare. 8 Deacons likewise must be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless. 11 Women likewise must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling the children and their own :houses well. 13 For who have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 14 These things write I to thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly; 15 but if I delay that thou know how one should behave in God’s house, the which is the living God’s church, pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And confessedly great is the mystery of :godliness;
Who was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the spirit,
Seen of angels,
Preached among nations,
Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
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.
1 Rebuke not an elder, but exhort as a father; the younger as brethren: 2 the elder as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity. 3 Honor widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow hath children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own house, and to requite their parents: for this is acceptable before :God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed and lone, hath her hope set on :God, and continueth in :supplications and :prayers night and day. 6 But who liveth in self-indulgence is dead while she liveth. 7 These things also command, that they be without reproach. 8 But if any provideth not for his :own, and specially his household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 Let none be enrolled as a widow under threescore years old, wife of one man, 10 well reported of for good works; if she hath brought up children, if she was hospitable to strangers, if she hath washed saints’ feet, if she hath relieved the afflicted, if she hath diligently followed every good work. 11 But younger widows refuse: for when they have waxed wanton against the Christ, they desire to marry; 12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first faith. 13 And withal they learn also to be idle, going about houses, and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking the things they ought not. 14 I desire therefore the younger to marry, bear children, rule a household, give no occasion to the adversary for reviling: 15 for already some are turned aside after :Satan. 16 If any believer hath widows, let her relieve them, and let not the church be burdened; that it may relieve the real widows. 17 Let the elders ruling well be counted worthy of double honor, specially those who toil in the word and teaching. 18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when treading out corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his :hire. 19 Against an elder receive no accusation, except from two or three witnesses. 20 But the sinning reprove before all, that the rest also be in fear. 21 I charge before :God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. 22 Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be partaker of others’ sins: keep thyself pure. 23 No longer drink water, but use a little wine for thy :stomach’s sake and thine often :infirmities. 24 The sins of some men are evident, going before unto judgment; and some also they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good :works are evident; and such as are otherwise cannot be hid.
1 Let as many as are bondmen under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of :God and the teaching be not blasphemed. 2 And who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but let them serve rather, because they that partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. These things teach and exhort.
3 If any teacheth different, and consenteth not to sound words, those of our :Lord Jesus Christ, and to the teaching according to godliness, 4 he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about questionings and disputes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 wranglings of men corrupted in :mind and bereft of the truth, supposing :godliness is gain. 6 But :godliness with contentment is great gain: 7 for we brought nothing into the world, because neither can we carry anything out; 8 but having foods and covering we shall be therewith content. 9 But who would be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown :men unto destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all :evils; which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold of the eternal life, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in sight of many witnesses. 13 I charge thee in sight of :God, who giveth life to :all things, and of Jesus Christ, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed the good confession; 14 that thou keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our :Lord Jesus Christ: 15 which in his own seasons he, the blessed and only Potentate, shall show, the King of :kings, and Lord of lords; 16 who alone hath immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power eternal. Amen. 17 Charge the rich in the present age, not to be high-minded, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on the God who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 to do good, to be rich in good works, to be ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 treasuring up for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the real life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit, turning away from the profane babblings and oppositions of the knowledge falsely so called; 21 which some professing have deviated from the faith.
:Grace be with you.