The Coming Apostasy
1 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2by the hypocrisy of liars, who are seared in their own conscience, 3who forbid marrying and insist on abstaining from foods that God created for sharing in with thankfulness by those who believe and who know the truth, 4because everything created by God is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is#*Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“received”) which is understood as conditional received with thankfulness, 5for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
The Good Servant of Christ
6By#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“teaching”) which is understood as means teaching these things to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, trained in the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed faithfully. 7But reject those worthless myths told by elderly women#Literally “worthless and characteristic of an elderly woman myths”, and train yourself for godliness. 8For the training of the body is somewhat#Literally “for a little” profitable, but godliness is profitable for everything, because it#*Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“holds”) which is understood as causal holds promise for the present life and for the life to come. 9The statement is trustworthy and deserving of complete acceptance. 10For to this end we labor and suffer reproach,#Some manuscripts have “and strive” because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
11Command these things and teach them. 12Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example for the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, pay attention to the public reading,#Many English translations supply “of scripture” here to clarify what is to be read aloud to exhortation, to teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, that was granted to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. 15Practice these things. Be diligent#Literally “be in these things,” though most English versions supply a predicate here in these things, in order that your progress may be evident to everyone. 16Fix your attention on yourself and on your teaching. Continue in them, for by#*Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“doing”) which is understood as means doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.