1The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come from the hypocrisy of liars whose own consciences have been burned, as if with a red-hot branding iron. 3They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods which God created to be eaten with thanksgiving by those who have come to trust and to know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing received with thanksgiving needs to be rejected, 5because the word of God and prayer make it holy.
6If you present all this to the brothers, you will be serving the Messiah Yeshua well; it will show that you have digested the words of the faith and of the good teaching which you have followed. 7But refuse godless bubbe-meises, and exercise yourself in godliness. 8For although physical exercise does have some value, godliness is valuable for everything, since it holds promise both for the present life and for the life to come. 9Here is a statement you can trust, one that fully deserves to be accepted 10(indeed, it is for this that we toil and strive): we have our hope set on a living God who is the deliverer of all humanity, especially of those who trust.
11Command these things and teach them. 12Don’t let anyone look down on you because of your youth; on the contrary, set the believers an example in your speech, behavior, love, trust and purity. 13Until I come, pay attention to the public reading of the Scriptures. 14Do not neglect your gift, which you were given through a prophecy when the body of elders gave you s’mikhah. 15Be diligent about this work, throw yourself into it, so that your progress may be clear to everyone. 16Pay attention to yourself and to the teaching, continue in it, for by so doing you will deliver both yourself and those who hear you.