1Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God, our Saviour and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,2unto Timothy, true son in the faith, Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.3Even as I besought thee to remain at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia, that thou might charge some that they not teach diverse doctrine,4nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which generate questions other than that the edification of God is by faith.
5Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned:6from which some, having swerved, have turned aside unto vanity of words,7desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor from where they affirm.8But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it legitimately,9knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly sinners, for the evil and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,10for fornicators, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,11according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,13who was before a blasphemer and a persecutor and injurious, but I was received unto mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.14And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.15This is a faithful saying and worthy of acceptation by all, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first.16But for this cause I was received unto mercy that in me first, Jesus Christ might show forth all clemency, for an example to those who should hereafter believe in him for eternal life.17Therefore unto the King forever, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, so that according to past prophecies regarding thee, that thou by them might war a good warfare;19holding fast faith and a good conscience, which some, having cast away, have shipwrecked in their faith,20Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.