4 Howbeit the Spirit expressly saith—That in later seasons some will revolt from the faith, Giving heed unto seducing spirits And unto teachings of demons—
2 in hypocrisy speaking falsehood, [Of demons] cauterised in their own conscience,—
3 Forbidding to marry, [Commanding] to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and personally know the truth;
4 Because every creature of God is good, And nothing to be cast away If with thanksgiving it be received,—
5 For it is hallowed by the word of God and intercession.
6 These things submitting to the brethren Thou shalt be a noble minister of Christ Jesus, Nourishing thyself with the words of the faith and of the noble teaching which thou hast closely studied.
7 But from the profane and old-wives’ stories excuse thyself, And be training thyself unto godliness;
8 For the bodily training for little is profitable, Whereas godliness for all things is profitable—Having promise of life—The present and the coming.
9 Faithful the saying! and of all acceptance worthy;
10 For to this end are we toiling and contending, Because we have set our hope on a Living God Who is Saviour of all men—Specially of such as believe.
11 Be giving these things in charge and be teaching:—
12 Let no one despise thy youth, But an ensample become thou of the faithful,—In discourse, in behaviour, in love, in faith, in chastity.
13 While I am coming be giving heed—To the reading, to the exhorting, to the teaching:
14 Be not careless of the gift of favour that is in thee, Which was given thee through means of prophesying along with a laying on of the hands of the eldership.
15 These things be thy care, In these things be thou,—That thine advancement may be manifest unto all:
16 Be giving heed to thyself and to thy teaching,—Abide still in them; For this doing Both thyself shalt thou save And them that hearken to thee.