1Paul, an apostleof JesusChristbythe commandmentof GodourSaviour, andLordJesusChrist, which is ourhope; 2Unto Timothy, my ownsoninthe faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, fromGodourFatherandJesusChristourLord.
3AsI besoughttheeto abide stillatEphesus, when I wentintoMacedonia, thatthou mightest chargesomethat they teachnoother doctrine, 4Neithergive heed tofablesandendlessgenealogies, whichministerquestions, ratherthangodlyedifyingwhich isinfaith: so do.
5Nowthe endof the commandmentischarityout ofa pureheart, and of a goodconscience, and of faithunfeigned: 6From whichsomehaving swervedhave turned asideuntovain jangling; 7Desiringto beteachers of the law; understandingneitherwhatthey say, norwhereofthey affirm.
8Butwe knowthatthe law is good, ifa manuseitlawfully; 9Knowingthis, thatthe lawisnotmade fora righteous man, butfor the lawlessanddisobedient, for the ungodlyandfor sinners, for unholyandprofane, for murderers of fathersandmurderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, andifthere beanyother thingthat is contrary tosounddoctrine; 11According tothe gloriousgospelof the blessedGod, whichwas committed tomytrust.
12AndIthankChristJesusourLord, who hath enabledme, for thathe countedmefaithful, putting meintothe ministry; 13Who wasbeforea blasphemer, anda persecutor, andinjurious: butI obtained mercy, becauseI did it ignorantlyinunbelief. 14Andthe graceof ourLordwas exceeding abundantwithfaithandlovewhich isinChristJesus.
15This is a faithfulsaying, andworthyof allacceptation, thatChristJesuscameintothe worldto savesinners; of whomIamchief. 16Howbeitforthis causeI obtained mercy, thatinmefirstJesusChristmight shew forthalllongsuffering, fora patternto them which should hereafterbelieveonhimtolifeeverlasting.
17Nowunto the Kingeternal, immortal, invisible, the onlywiseGod, be honourandgloryforeverand ever. Amen.
18ThischargeI commitunto thee, sonTimothy, according tothe prophecieswhich went beforeonthee, thatthoubythemmightest wara goodwarfare; 19Holdingfaith, anda goodconscience; whichsomehaving put awayconcerningfaithhave made shipwreck: 20Of whomisHymenaeusandAlexander; whomI have deliveredunto Satan, thatthey may learnnotto blaspheme.