1 Timothy (Author Paul)

1:1Paul, apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the command of God our Saviour, and of Christ Jesus our hope,

1:2to Timotheus, my true child in faith: grace, mercy, peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

1:3Even as I begged thee to remain in Ephesus, when I was going to Macedonia, that thou mightest enjoin some not to teach other doctrines,

1:4nor to turn their minds to fables and interminable genealogies, which bring questionings rather than further God's dispensation, which is in faith.

1:5But the end of what is enjoined is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith;

1:6which things some having missed, have turned aside to vain discourse,

1:7desiring to be law-teachers, not understanding either what they say or concerning what they so strenuously affirm.

1:8Now we know that the law is good if any one uses it lawfully,

1:9knowing 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,

1:10fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers; and if any other thing is opposed to sound teaching,

1:11according to the glad tidings of the glory of the blessed God, with which *I* have been entrusted.

1:12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me power, that he has counted me faithful, appointing to ministry him

1:13who before was a blasphemer and persecutor, and an insolent overbearing man: but mercy was shewn me because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief.

1:14But the grace of our Lord surpassingly over-abounded with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.

1:15Faithful is the word, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom *I* am the first.

1:16But 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.

1:17Now to the King of the ages, the incorruptible, invisible, only God, honour and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

1:18This 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,

1:19maintaining faith and a good conscience; which last some, having put away, have made shipwreck as to faith;

1:20of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan, that they may be taught by discipline not to blaspheme.

2:1I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made for all men;

2:2for kings and all that are in dignity, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all piety and gravity;

2:3for this is good and acceptable before our Saviour God,

2:4who desires that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

2:5For God is one, and the mediator of God and men one, the man Christ Jesus,

2:6who gave himself a ransom for all, the testimony to be rendered in its own times;

2:7to which *I* have been appointed a herald and apostle, (I speak the truth, I do not lie,) a teacher of the nations in faith and truth.

2:8I will therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up pious hands, without wrath or reasoning.

2:9In like manner also that the women in decent deportment and dress adorn themselves with modesty and discretion, not with plaited hair and gold, or pearls, or costly clothing,

2:10but, what becomes women making profession of the fear of God, by good works.

2:11Let a woman learn in quietness in all subjection;

2:12but I do not suffer a woman to teach nor to exercise authority over man, but to be in quietness;

2:13for Adam was formed first, then Eve:

2:14and Adam was not deceived; but the woman, having been deceived, was in transgression.

2:15But she shall be preserved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and love and holiness with discretion.

3:1The word is faithful: if any one aspires to exercise oversight, he desires a good work.

3:2The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach;

3:3not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money,

3:4conducting his own house well, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

3:5(but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?)

3:6not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into the fault of the devil.

3:7But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and the snare of the devil.

3:8Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means,

3:9holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

3:10And let these be first proved, then let them minister, being without charge against them.

3:11The women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

3:12Let the ministers be husbands of one wife, conducting their children and their own houses well:

3:13for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which is in Christ Jesus.

3:14These things I write to thee, hoping to come to thee more quickly;

3:15but if I delay, in order that thou mayest know how one ought to conduct oneself in God's house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.

3:16And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in the Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among the nations, has been believed on in the world, has been received up in glory.

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