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Nowe the Spirit speaketh euidently, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, and shall giue heede vnto spirits of errour, and doctrines of deuils,
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Which speake lies through hypocrisie, & haue their cosciences burned with an hote yron,
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Forbidding to marrie, and commanding to absteine from meates which God hath created to be receiued with giuing thankes of them which beleeue and knowe the trueth.
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For euery creature of God is good, and nothing ought to be refused, if it be receiued with thankesgiuing.
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For it is sanctified by the worde of God, and prayer.
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If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Iesus Christ, which hast bene nourished vp in the wordes of faith, and of good doctrine, which thou hast continually followed.
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But cast away prophane, and olde wiues fables, and exercise thy selfe vnto godlinesse.
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For bodily exercise profiteth litle: but godlinesse is profitable vnto all things, which hath the promes of the life present, and of that that is to come.
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This is a true saying, and by all meanes worthie to be receiued.
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For therefore we labour and are rebuked, because we trust in the liuing God, which is the Sauiour of all men, specially of those that beleeue.
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These things warne and teache.
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Let no man despise thy youth, but be vnto them that beleeue, an ensample, in worde, in conuersation, in loue, in spirit, in faith, and in purenesse.
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Till I come, giue attendance to reading, to exhortation, and to doctrine.
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Despise not the gift that is in thee, which was giuen thee by prophecie with the laying on of the hands of the companie of the Eldership.
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These things exercise, and giue thy selfe vnto them, that it may be seene howe thou profitest among all men.
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Take heede vnto thy selfe, and vnto learning: continue therein: for in doing this thou shalt both saue thy selfe, & them that heare thee.