1Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the command of God our Saviour, and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2to Timotheus, my true child in faith: grace, mercy, peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3Even as I begged thee to remain in Ephesus, when I was going to Macedonia, that thou mightest enjoin some not to teach other doctrines, 4nor to turn their minds to fables and interminable genealogies, which bring questionings rather than further God's dispensation, which is in faith.
5But the end of what is enjoined is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith; 6which things some having missed, have turned aside to vain discourse, 7desiring to be law-teachers, not understanding either what they say or concerning what they so strenuously affirm. 8Now we know that the law is good if any one uses it lawfully, 9knowing this, that law has not its application to a righteous person, but to the lawless and insubordinate, to the impious and sinful, to the unholy and profane, to smiters of fathers and smiters of mothers; to murderers, 10fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers; and if any other thing is opposed to sound teaching, 11according to the glad tidings of the glory of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me power, that he has counted me faithful, appointing to ministry him 13who before was a blasphemer and persecutor, and an insolent overbearing man: but mercy was shewn me because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief. 14But the grace of our Lord surpassingly over-abounded with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus. 15Faithful is the word, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. 16But for this reason mercy was shewn me, that in me, the first, Jesus Christ might display the whole long-suffering, for a delineation of those about to believe on him to life eternal. 17Now to the King of the ages, the incorruptible, invisible, only God, honour and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.
18This charge, my child Timotheus, I commit to thee, according to the prophecies as to thee preceding, in order that thou mightest war by them the good warfare, 19maintaining faith and a good conscience; which last some, having put away, have made shipwreck as to faith; 20of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan, that they may be taught by discipline not to blaspheme.
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