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

4:1¤ Now the Spirit manifestly saith that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils,

4:2Speaking lies in hypocrisy and having their conscience seared,

4:3Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by the faithful and by them that have known the truth.

4:4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected that is received with thanksgiving:

4:5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

4:6These things proposing to the brethren, thou shalt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished up in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which thou hast attained unto.

4:7But avoid foolish and old wives' fables: and exercise thyself unto godliness.

4:8For bodily exercise is profitable to little: but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

4:9A faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

4:10For therefore we labour and are reviled, because we hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of the faithful.

4:11These things command and teach:

4:12Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the faithful, in word, in conversation, in charity, in faith, in chastity.

4:13Till I come, attend unto reading, to exhortation and to doctrine.

4:14Neglect not the grace that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with imposition of the hands of the priesthood.

4:15Meditate upon these things, be wholly in these things: that thy profiting may be manifest to all.

4:16Take heed to thyself and to doctrine: be earnest in them. For in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.

5:1¤ An ancient man rebuke not, but entreat him as a father: young men, as brethren:

5:2Old women, as mothers: young women, as sisters, in all chastity.

5:3Honour widows that are widows indeed.

5:4But if any widow have children or grandchildren, let her learn first to govern her own house and to make a return of duty to her parents; for this is acceptable before God.

5:5But she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, let her trust in God and continue in supplications and prayers night and day.

5:6For she that liveth in pleasures is dead while she is living.

5:7And this give in charge, that they may be blameless.

5:8But if any man have not care of his own and especially of those of his house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.

5:9Let a widow be chosen of no less than threescore years of age, who hath been the wife of one husband.

5:10Having testimony for her good works, if she have brought up children, if she have received to harbour, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have ministered to them that suffer tribulation, if she have diligently followed every good work.

5:11But the younger widows avoid. For when they have grown wanton in Christ, they will marry:

5:12Having damnation, because they have made void their first faith.

5:13And withal being idle they learn to go about from house to house: and are not only idle, but tattlers also and busy bodies, speaking things which they ought not.

5:14I will, therefore, that the younger should marry, bear children, be mistresses of families, give no occasion to the adversary to speak evil.

5:15For some are already turned aside after Satan.

5:16If any of the faithful have widows, let him minister to them, and let not the church be charged: that there may be sufficient for them that are widows indeed.

5:17Let the priests that rule well be esteemed 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 a priest receive not an accusation, but under two or three witnesses.

5:20Them that sin reprove before all that the rest also may have fear.

5:21I charge thee, before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by declining to either side.

5:22Impose not hands lightly upon any man, neither be partaker of other men's sins. Keep thyself chaste.

5:23Do not still drink water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thy frequent infirmities.

5:24Some men's sins are manifest, going before to judgment: and some men they follow after.

5:25In like manner also good deeds are manifest: and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

6:1¤ Whosoever are servants under the yoke, let them count their masters worthy of all honour; lest the name of the Lord and his doctrine be blasphemed.

6:2But they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but serve them the rather, because they are faithful and beloved, who are partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

6:3If any man teach otherwise and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to that doctrine which is according to godliness,

6:4He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; from which arise envies, contentions, blasphemies, evil suspicions,

6:5Conflicts of men corrupted in mind and who are destitute of the truth, supposing gain to be godliness.

6:6But godliness with contentment is great gain.

6:7For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing out.

6:8But having food and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content.

6:9For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition.

6:10For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.

6:11But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.

6:12Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called and hast confessed a good confession before many witnesses.

6:13I charge thee before God who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate, a good confession:

6:14That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

6:15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings and Lord of lords:

6:16Who only hath immortality and inhabiteth light inaccessible: whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.

6:17Charge the rich of this world not to be highminded nor to trust in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God (who giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy)

6:18To do good, to be rich in good works, to give easily, to communicate to others,

6:19To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the true life.

6:20O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the profane novelties of words and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called.

6:21Which some promising, have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

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