1 Timothy 1

Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God, our Saviour, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope; to Timothy, my own son in the faith: Favor, mercy, and peace from God our Father, and from Christ Jesus our Lord. As I entreated you to continue in Ephesus, when going into Macedonia, that you may charge some not to teach differently, nor to give heed to fables, and endless genealogies, which occasion disputes rather than godly edification, which is through faith;

(now the end of the charge is love, from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and unfeigned faith: from which things some having swerved, have turned aside to foolish talking;) desiring to be teachers of the law, neither understanding what they say, nor the things about which they are so positive. We know, indeed, that the law is good, if one use it lawfully; knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disorderly, the ungodly and sinners, the unholy and profane; murderers of fathers, and murderers of mothers, manslayers, 10 fornicators, sodomites, manstealers, liars, false swearers, and if any other thing be opposite to wholesome doctrine; 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I am intrusted.

12 Now, I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has qualified me, that he reckoned me faithful, appointing me to the ministry, 13 who was formerly a defamer, and a persecutor, and an injurious person. But I received mercy, because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the favor of the Lord has superabounded, with the faith and love which is by Christ Jesus. 15 This saying is true, and worthy of all reception, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this cause I received mercy, that in me, the chief of sinners, Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them who should believe on him, in order to everlasting life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God alone, be honor and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before you, concerning you, that we may carry on, through them, the good warfare; 19 holding fast faith and a good conscience; which some have put away, with respect to the faith, having made shipwreck: 20 of whom are Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to the adversary, that they might be taught by chastisement not to blaspheme.

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