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1 Paul, an apostle+ of Christ Jesus under command of God+ our Savior*+ and of Christ Jesus, our hope,+ 2 to Timothy,*+ a genuine child+ in the faith: May there be undeserved kindness, mercy, peace from God [the] Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.+ 3 Just as I encouraged you to stay in Ephʹe·sus when I was about to go my way into Mac·e·doʹni·a,+ so I do now, that you might command+ certain ones not to teach different doctrine,+ 4 nor to pay attention to false stories+ and to genealogies, which end up in nothing,+ but which furnish questions for research rather than a dispensing* of anything by God in connection with faith. 5 Really the objective* of this mandate is love+ out of a clean heart+ and out of a good conscience+ and out of faith without hypocrisy.+ 6 By deviating from these things certain ones have been turned aside+ into idle talk,+ 7 wanting to be teachers+ of law,+ but not perceiving either the things they are saying or the things about which they are making strong assertions. 8 Now we know that the Law is fine+ provided one handles it lawfully+ 9 in the knowledge of this fact, that law is promulgated, not for a righteous man, but for persons lawless+ and unruly,+ ungodly and sinners, lacking loving-kindness,+ and profane, murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, manslayers, 10 fornicators,+ men who lie with males, kidnappers, liars, false swearers,+ and whatever other thing is in opposition+ to the healthful teaching+ 11 according to the glorious good news of the happy+ God, with which I was entrusted.+ 12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who imparted power to me, because he considered me faithful+ by assigning me to a ministry,+ 13 although formerly I was a blasphemer and a persecutor+ and an insolent+ man. Nevertheless, I was shown mercy,+ because I was ignorant+ and acted with a lack of faith. 14 But the undeserved kindness of our Lord abounded exceedingly+ along with faith and love that is in connection with Christ Jesus.+ 15 Faithful and deserving of full acceptance is the saying+ that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.+ Of these I am foremost.+ 16 Nevertheless, the reason why I was shown mercy+ was that by means of me as the foremost case Christ Jesus might demonstrate all his long-suffering for a sample of those who are going to rest their faith+ on him for everlasting life.+ 17 Now to the King of eternity,*+ incorruptible,+ invisible,+ [the] only God,+ be honor and glory forever and ever.+ Amen. 18 This mandate+ I commit to you, child, Timothy, in accord with the predictions+ that led directly on to you, that by these you may go on waging the fine warfare;+ 19 holding faith and a good conscience,+ which some have thrust aside+ and have experienced shipwreck concerning [their] faith.+ 20 Hy·me·naeʹus+ and Alexander+ belong to these, and I have handed them over to Satan+ that they may be taught by discipline* not to blaspheme.*+
^ Or, “of God, Savior of us.” Gr., The·ouʹ So·teʹros he·monʹ; Lat., Deʹi Sal·va·toʹris noʹstri; J17,
18, 22(Heb.), ha·ʼElo·himʹ Moh·shi·ʽeʹnu.
^ “To Timothy.” Gr., Ti·mo·theʹoi, meaning “One Who Honors God.”
^ Lit., “house-administration.” Gr., oi·ko·no·miʹan.
^ Lit., “end.” Gr., teʹlos.
^ Or, “the eternal King.”
^ “Be taught by discipline.” Or, “be chastised; be instructed.”
^ Or, “speak abusively.”