He puts Timothy in mind of his charge: and blesses God for
the mercy he himself has received.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the commandment of God
our Savior, and of Christ Jesus our hope.
2 *To Timothy, beloved son in faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the
Father, and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I desired thee to remain at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia, that
thou mightest charge some not to teach otherwise,
4 *Nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies: which furnish questions
rather than the edification of God, which is in faith.
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity from a pure heart, and a good
conscience, and an unfeigned faith.
6 From which things some going astray, are turned aside to vain talk,
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither the things
they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8 *But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully:
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for the just man, but for the
unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly, and for sinners, for the wicked, and defiled, for murderers of fathers, and murderers
of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For fornicators, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men-stealers,
for liars, for perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
11 Which is according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which
hath been committed to my trust.
12 I give thanks to him who hath strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
for that he deemed me faithful, putting me in the ministry:
13 Who before was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and contumelious: but
I obtained the mercy of God, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 Now the grace of our Lord hath abounded exceedingly with faith and love,
which is in Christ Jesus.
15 A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation: *that Christ Jesus
came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.
16 But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ Jesus
might shew forth all patience, for the information of those who shall believe in him unto life everlasting.
17 Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour
and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18 This precept I commend to thee, son Timothy; according to the prophecies
which went before on thee, that thou war in them a good warfare,
19 Having faith and a good conscience, which some rejecting have made shipwreck
concerning the faith:
20 Of whom is HymenŠus and Alexander: whom I have delivered up to Satan,
that they may learn not to blaspheme.____________________
2: Acts xvi. 1.
4: 1 Timothy iv. 7.; 2 Timothy ii. 13.; Titus iii. 9.
8: Romans vii. 12.
15: Matthew ix. 13.; Mark. ii. 17.