1 Timothy 4

Warnings against False Teachers

1 Now the Spirit expressly states that in later times some will abandon the faith to follow deceitful spirits and [the] teachings of demons, 2 influenced by [the] hypocrisy of liars, [whose] consciences are seared with a hot iron. 3 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. 4 For every creation of God [is] good, and nothing that is received with thanksgiving should be rejected, 5 because it is sanctified by [the] word of God and prayer.

A Good Minister of Jesus Christ

6 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. 7 But reject irreverent and silly myths. Instead, train yourself for godliness. 8 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. 9 [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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