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1Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, listening to spirits of error and doctrines of demons;2that in hypocrisy shall speak lies; having their conscience seared as with a hot iron;3they shall forbid to marry and shall command men to abstain from foods, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who are faithful and have known the truth.4For everything that God created is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving,5for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
6If thou put these things before the brethren, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, unto which thou hast attained.7But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.8For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.9The Word is faithful and worthy of acceptation by all.10For this 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.11Command and teach this.12Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the faithful in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.13Until I come, occupy thyself reading, exhorting, teaching.14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which is given unto thee to prophesy, through the laying on of the hands of the elders.15Occupy thyself in these things with care, for in this is everything, that thy profiting may be manifest unto all.16Take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine; be diligent in this, for in doing so thou shalt both save thyself and those that hear thee.