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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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1 Timothy 4:1-16

4  However, the inspired utterance* says definitely that in later periods of time+ some will fall away+ from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired utterances*+ and teachings of demons,+  by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies,+ marked in their conscience+ as with a branding iron;  forbidding to marry,+ commanding to abstain from foods+ which God created+ to be partaken of with thanksgiving by those who have faith+ and accurately know the truth.  The reason for this is that every creation of God is fine,+ and nothing is to be rejected+ if it is received with thanksgiving,+  for it is sanctified* through God’s word and prayer over [it].  By giving these advices to the brothers you will be a fine minister of Christ Jesus, one nourished with the words of the faith and of the fine teaching+ which you have followed closely.+  But turn down the false stories+ which violate what is holy and which old women tell. On the other hand, be training yourself with godly devotion* as your aim.+  For bodily training* is beneficial for a little; but godly devotion*+ is beneficial for all things,+ as it holds promise of the life now and that which is to come.+  Faithful and deserving of full acceptance is that statement.+ 10  For to this end we are working hard and exerting ourselves,+ because we have rested our hope+ on a living God, who is a Savior+ of all sorts of men,+ especially of faithful ones.+ 11  Keep on giving these commands+ and teaching them.+ 12  Let no man ever look down on your youth.+ On the contrary, become an example+ to the faithful ones+ in speaking, in conduct, in love, in faith, in chasteness.+ 13  While I am coming, continue applying yourself to public+ reading,+ to exhortation, to teaching. 14  Do not be neglecting the gift+ in you that was given you through a prediction+ and when the body of older men* laid their hands+ upon you. 15  Ponder over these things;+ be absorbed in them, that your advancement+ may be manifest to all [persons]. 16  Pay constant attention to yourself+ and to your teaching.+ Stay by these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.+


Or, “the spirit.”
Or, “misleading spirits.”
Or, “it is held sacred; it is treated as holy.” Gr., ha·gi·a′ze·tai; Lat., sanc·ti·fi·ca′tur; J22(Heb.), mequd·dash′.
“Godly devotion,” אAVg; J7,8, “fear of Jehovah.”
Lit., “training (as gymnast).” Gr., gy·mna·si′a; Lat., ex·er·ci·ta′ti·o, “exercise.”
“Godly devotion,” אAVg; J7,8, “fear of Jehovah.”
Or, “body of elders.” Gr., pre·sby·te·ri′ou; J17,18(Heb.), haz·zeqe·nim′, “the elders.” See Nu 11:25.