1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus—By injunction of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope,—
2 Unto Timothy, my true child in faith: Favour, mercy, peace, From God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 Even as I exhorted thee to remain in Ephesus when I was journeying into Macedonia, That thou mightest charge some—
4 Not to be teaching otherwise Nor yet to be giving heed to stories and endless genealogies,—The which bring arguings rather than that stewardship of God which is with faith;—
5 Now the end of the charge is love—Out of a pure heart And a good conscience And faith unfeigned,—
6 Which some missing have turned them aside unto idle talk,
7 Desiring to be law-teachers,—Not understanding either what they say or whereof they confidently affirm.
8 Now we know that excellent is the law if one put it to a lawful use:—
9 Knowing this—That to a righteous man law doth not apply, But to the lawless and insubordinate, ungodly and sinful, irreligious and profane, smiters of fathers and smiters of mothers, murderers,
10 fornicators, sodomites, man-stealers, liars, false-swearers,—And if anything else unto the healthful teaching is opposed;—
11 According to the glad-message of the glory of the happy God, with which entrusted am I.
12 Grateful am I unto him that empowered me, Christ Jesus our Lord, In that faithful he accounted me Putting me into ministry,—
13 Though formerly a defamer and persecutor and insulter; Nevertheless mercy was shown me because without knowledge I acted in unbelief:
14 Yet exceeding abundant was the favour of our Lord with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
15 Faithful the saying! and of all acceptance worthy,—That Christ Jesus came into the world sinners to save: Of whom the chief am I;—
16 Nevertheless on this account was mercy shewn me,—That in me the chief Christ Jesus might shew forth his entire longsuffering, For an ensample of them about to believe on him unto life age-abiding.
17 Now unto the King of the ages,—Incorruptible, invisible, alone God, Be honour and glory unto the ages of ages. Amen!
18 This charge I commit unto thee, child Timothy, According to the prophecies running before on thee, In order that thou mightest war with them the noble warfare,
19 Holding faith and a good conscience,—Which some thrusting from them Concerning their faith have made shipwreck:—
20 Of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander; Whom I have delivered unto Satan, That they may be taught by discipline not to be defaming.