1 Timothy 4

Warnings against False Teachers

Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and [the] teachings of demons, influenced by [the] hypocrisy of liars, [whose] consciences are seared with a hot iron. They will prohibit marriage [and require] abstinence from certain foods that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creation of God [is] good, and nothing that is received with thanksgiving should be rejected, because it is sanctified by [the] word of God and prayer.

A Good Minister of Jesus Christ

By pointing out these things to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and sound instruction you have followed. But reject irreverent and silly myths. Instead, train yourself for godliness. For physical exercise is of limited value, but godliness is valuable in every [way] , holding promise for the present life and for the [one] to come. [This is] a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance. 10  To this [end] we labor and strive,
SBL, BYZ, and TR and suffer reproach
because we have set our hope on [the] living God, who is [the] Savior of all men, [and] especially of those who believe.
11  Command and teach these things. 12  {Let} no one despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, [and] to teaching. 14  {Do} not neglect the gift [that is] in you, which was given you through [the] prophecy spoken [over you] at [the] laying on of the hands of the elders. 15  Be diligent in these matters [and] absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16  Pay close attention to your [life] and to [your] teaching. Persevere in these things, for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
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