The First Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy (Author Paul)

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

1:2To Timothy, his beloved son in faith. Grace, mercy and peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.

1:3As I desired thee to remain at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some not to teach otherwise:

1:4Not to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which furnish questions rather than the edification of God which is in faith.

1:5Now the end of the commandment is charity from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith.

1:6From which things some, going astray, are turned aside unto vain babbling:

1:7Desiring to be teachers of the law: understanding neither the things they say, nor whereof they affirm.

1:8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.

1:9Knowing this: That the law is not made for the just man but for the unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the wicked and defiled, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

1:10For fornicators, for them who defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and whatever other thing is contrary to sound doctrine:

1:11Which is according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God which hath been committed to my trust.

1:12I give him thanks who hath strengthened me, even to Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he hath counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry:

1:13Who before was a blasphemer and a persecutor and contumelious. But I obtained the mercy of God, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

1:14Now the grace of our Lord hath abounded exceedingly with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.

1:15A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.

1:16But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ Jesus might shew forth all patience, for the information of them that shall believe in him unto life everlasting.

1:17Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1:18This precept, I commend to thee, O son Timothy: according to the prophecies going before on thee, that thou war in them a good warfare,

1:19Having faith and a good conscience, which some rejecting have made shipwreck concerning the faith.

1:20Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered up to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

2:1¤ I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men:

2:2For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity.

2:3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,

2:4Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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

2:6Who gave himself a redemption for all, a testimony in due times.

2:7Whereunto I am appointed a preacher and an apostle (I say the truth, I lie not), a doctor of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

2:8I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up pure hands, without anger and contention.

2:9In like manner, women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves with modesty and sobriety, not with plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly attire:

2:10But, as it becometh women professing godliness, with good works.

2:11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

2:12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence.

2:13For Adam was first formed; then Eve.

2:14And Adam was not seduced; but the woman, being seduced, was in the transgression.

2:15Yet she shall be saved through child bearing; if she continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.

3:1¤ A faithful saying: If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

3:2It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, of good behaviour, chaste, given to hospitality, a teacher,

3:3Not given to wine, no striker, but modest, not quarrelsome, not covetous, but

3:4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity.

3:5But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

3:6Not a neophyte: lest, being puffed up with pride, he fall into the judgment of the devil.

3:7Moreover, he must have a good testimony of them who are without: lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

3:8Deacons in like manner: chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre:

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

3:10And let these also first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime.

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

3:12Let deacons be the husbands of one wife: who rule well their children and their own houses.

3:13For they that have ministered well shall purchase to themselves a good degree and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

3:14These things I write to thee, hoping that I shall come to thee shortly.

3:15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

3:16And evidently great is the mystery of godliness, which was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, appeared unto angels, hath been preached unto the Gentiles, is believed in the world, is taken up in glory.

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