Warning against False Teachers
1:3As I exhorted thee to tarry at Ephesus, when I was going into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge certain men not to teach a different doctrine, 1:4neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questionings, rather than a dispensation of God which is in faith; so do I now.1:5But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned: 1:6from which things some having swerved have turned aside unto vain talking; 1:7desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm.
1:8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully, 1:9as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and unruly, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1:10for fornicators, for abusers of themselves with men, for menstealers, for liars, for false swearers, and if there be any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine; 1:11according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
Gratitude for Mercy
1:12I thank him that enabled me, even Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he counted me faithful, appointing me to his service; 1:13though I was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: howbeit I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief; 1:14and the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1:15Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief: 1:16howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me as chief might Jesus Christ show forth all his longsuffering, for an ensample of them that should thereafter believe on him unto eternal life. 1:17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1:18This charge I commit unto thee, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which led the way to thee, that by them thou mayest war the good warfare; 1:19holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith: 1:20of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered unto Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.
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