4 However, the inspired utterance* says definitely that in later periods of time+ some will fall away+ from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances*+ and teachings of demons,+ 2 by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies,+ marked in their conscience+ as with a branding iron; 3 forbidding to marry,+ commanding to abstain from foods+ which God created+ to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith+ and accurately know the truth. 4 The reason for this is that every creation of God is fine,+ and nothing is to be rejected+ if it is received with thanksgiving,+ 5 for it is sanctified* through God’s word and prayer over [it].
6 By giving these advices to the brothers you will be a fine minister of Christ Jesus, one nourished with the words of the faith and of the fine teaching+ which you have followed closely.+ 7 But turn down the false stories+ which violate what is holy and which old women tell. On the other hand, be training yourself with godly devotion* as your aim.+ 8 For bodily training* is beneficial for a little; but godly devotion*+ is beneficial for all things,+ as it holds promise of the life now and that which is to come.+ 9 Faithful and deserving of full acceptance is that statement.+ 10 For to this end we are working hard and exerting ourselves,+ because we have rested our hope+ on a living God, who is a Savior+ of all sorts of men,+ especially of faithful ones.+
11 Keep on giving these commands+ and teaching them.+ 12 Let no man ever look down on your youth.+ On the contrary, become an example+ to the faithful ones+ in speaking, in conduct, in love, in faith, in chasteness.+ 13 While I am coming, continue applying yourself to public+ reading,+ to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not be neglecting the gift+ in you that was given you through a prediction+ and when the body of older men* laid their hands+ upon you. 15 Ponder over these things;+ be absorbed in them, that your advancement+ may be manifest to all [persons]. 16 Pay constant attention to yourself+ and to your teaching.+ Stay by these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.+