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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

1 Timothy 1:1-20

1  Paul, an apostle+ of Christ Jesus under command of God+ our Savior*+ and of Christ Jesus, our hope,+  to Timothy,*+ a genuine child+ in the faith: May there be undeserved kindness, mercy, peace from God [the] Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.+  Just as I encouraged you to stay in Eph′e·sus when I was about to go my way into Mac·e·do′ni·a,+ so I do now, that you might command+ certain ones not to teach different doctrine,+  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.  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.+  By deviating from these things certain ones have been turned aside+ into idle talk,+  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.  Now we know that the Law is fine+ provided one handles it lawfully+  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·nae′us+ and Alexander+ belong to these, and I have handed them over to Satan+ that they may be taught by discipline* not to blaspheme.*+

Footnotes

Or, “of God, Savior of us.” Gr., The·ou′ So·te′ros he·mon′; Lat., De′i Sal·va·to′ris no′stri; J17,18,22(Heb.), ha·ʼElo·him′ Moh·shi·ʽe′nu.
“To Timothy.” Gr., Ti·mo·the′oi, meaning “One Who Honors God.”
Lit., “house-administration.” Gr., oi·ko·no·mi′an.
Lit., “end.” Gr., te′los.
Or, “the eternal King.”
“Be taught by discipline.” Or, “be chastised; be instructed.”
Or, “speak abusively.”