54:001:001 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
54:001:002 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
54:001:003 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
54:001:004 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
54:001:005 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
54:001:006 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
54:001:007 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
54:001:008 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
54:001:009 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
54:001:010 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
54:001:011 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
54:001:012 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
54:001:013 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
54:001:014 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
54:001:015 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
54:001:016 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
54:001:017 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
54:001:018 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
54:001:019 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
54:001:020 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
54:002:001 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
54:002:002 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
54:002:003 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
54:002:004 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
54:002:005 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
54:002:006 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
54:002:007 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
54:002:008 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
54:002:009 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
54:002:010 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
54:002:011 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
54:002:012 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
54:002:013 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
54:002:014 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
54:002:015 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
54:003:001 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
54:003:002 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
54:003:003 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
54:003:004 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
54:003:005 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
54:003:006 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
54:003:007 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
54:003:008 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
54:003:009 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
54:003:010 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
54:003:011 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
54:003:012 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
54:003:013 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
54:003:014 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
54:003:015 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
54:003:016 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
54:004:001 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
54:004:002 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
54:004:003 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
54:004:004 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
54:004:005 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
54:004:006 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
54:004:007 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
54:004:008 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
54:004:009 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
54:004:010 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
54:004:011 These things command and teach.
54:004:012 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
54:004:013 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
54:004:014 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
54:004:015 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
54:004:016 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
54:005:001 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
54:005:002 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
54:005:003 Honour widows that are widows indeed.
54:005:004 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
54:005:005 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
54:005:006 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
54:005:007 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
54:005:008 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
54:005:009 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.
54:005:010 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
54:005:011 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
54:005:012 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
54:005:013 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
54:005:014 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
54:005:015 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
54:005:016 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
54:005:017 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
54:005:018 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
54:005:019 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
54:005:020 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
54:005:021 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
54:005:022 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
54:005:023 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
54:005:024 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.
54:005:025 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
54:006:001 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
54:006:002 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
54:006:003 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
54:006:004 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
54:006:005 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
54:006:006 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
54:006:007 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
54:006:008 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
54:006:009 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
54:006:010 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
54:006:011 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
54:006:012 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
54:006:013 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
54:006:014 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
54:006:015 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
54:006:016 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
54:006:017 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
54:006:018 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
54:006:019 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
54:006:020 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
54:006:021 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.