4:1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
4:2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
4:3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4:4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
4:5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
4:6If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
4:7But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
4:8For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
4:9This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
4:10For therefore 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.
4:11These things command and teach.
4:12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
4:13Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
4:14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
4:15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
4:16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
5:1Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
5:2The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
5:3Honour widows that are widows indeed.
5:4But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
5:5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
5:6But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
5:7And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
5:8But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
5:9Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,
5:10Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
5:11But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
5:12Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
5:13And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
5:14I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
5:15For some are already turned aside after Satan.
5:16If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
5:17Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
5:18For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
5:19Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
5:20Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
5:21I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
5:22Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
5:23Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
5:24Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
5:25Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
6:1Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
6:2And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
6:3If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
6:4He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
6:5Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6:6But godliness with contentment is great gain.
6:7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
6:8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
6:9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
6:10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
6:11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
6:12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
6:13I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
6:14That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
6:15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
6:16Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
6:17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
6:18That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
6:19Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
6:20O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
6:21Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.