PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope;
To Timotheus, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
When I went to Macedonia, I besought you to remain at Ephesus, so that you might charge certain ones not to teach diverse doctrines,
And not to give heed to fables and stories of endless genealogies, which cause dispute rather than build up the faith of God.
¶ Now the fulfillment of the commandment is love out of a pure heart and of a good conscience and of a true faith,
From which some have gone astray and have turned aside to foolish words,
Desiring to be teachers of the law;
not understanding what they speak, nor even whereof they argue.
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
Knowing this, that the law is not made for the righteous, but for the wicked and rebellious, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the profane and unholy, for those who abuse their fathers and ill-treat their mothers, for murderers,
For whoremongers, for those who defile themselves with males, for kidnappers of well-born sons, for liars, for perjurers, and for whatever is contrary to sound doctrine;
This is according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was entrusted to me.
¶ And I thank our Lord Jesus Christ who has given me strength and has counted me trustworthy and has appointed me to his ministry,
Who was before a blasphemer and a persecutor and a reviler;
but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
Now the grace of our Lord has become abundant in me, as well as my faith and love in Jesus Christ.
It is a trustworthy saying and worthy of all acceptation that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Howbeit for this cause he had mercy on me, that in me first Jesus Christ may show forth all patience, for a pattern to those who should hereafter believe in him to life everlasting.
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.
This charge I commit to you, my son Timotheus, in accordance with the prophecies given before about you, that you might fight a good fight
In faith and good conscience;
those who have rejected this charge have lost their faith;
Namely Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan to be disciplined so that they may no longer blaspheme.