To Timothy A
Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus according to a command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope 2 to Timothy a true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I besought you to remain in Ephesus, when I was going into Macedonia, in order that you might charge certain persons not to teach differently 4 nor to pay attention to tales and to unending genealogies, which provide questionings rather than a stewardship of God in faith: 5 now the end of the charge is love out of a clean heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith, 6 from which things some, missing aim, turned aside to vain talking, 7 wishing to be law-teachers, understanding neither what things they say nor concerning what things they emphatically assert. 8 Now we know that the law is good, if anyone uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this, that law is not laid down for a just man, but for lawless and for unruly men, for impious and for sinners, for unholy and for profane, for father-killers and for mother-killers, for murderers, 10 for fornicators, for perverts, for men-stealers, for liars, for perjurers, and if any other thing is in opposition to that which is sound teaching, 11 according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted. 12 I have thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, the one who empowers me, because when he put me into ministry he deemed me faithful, who formerly was a blasphemer and a persecutor and insolent; but I obtained mercy, because I acted in ignorant unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord super-abounded with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 15 This word is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief; 16 but for this reason I obtained mercy, in order that Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering in me first, for a pattern of those who come to believe on him to eternal life. Now to the King of the ages, incorruptible invisible only God, be honor and glory unto the ages of the ages: Amen. This charge I commit to you, Timothy, according to the prophecies concerning you as a child, in order that you might war the good warfare by them, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some have thrust away and been made shipwreck concerning the faith: of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan, in order that they may be taught not to blaspheme.
Therefore, first of all, I exhort petitions, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings to be made on behalf of all men, on behalf of kings and all those who are in eminence, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all piety and gravity. 3 This is good and acceptable before our Savior God, who wishes all men to be saved and to come to a full knowledge of truth. 5 For there is one God, also one mediator of God and of men, a man Christ Jesus, 6 the one who gave himself a ransom on behalf of all, the testimony in its own time; 7 for which I was appointed an apostle, I speak truly, I do not lie, a teacher of nations in faith and truth. 8 I desire therefore for the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting. 9 Similarly, women to adorn themselves in orderly clothing, with modesty and sobriety, not with plaiting and gold or pearls or costly raiment, 10 but what suits women who profess reverence, by means of good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all subjection; 12 but I do not permit a woman to teach nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived became a transgressor, 15 but she will be saved through her childbearing, if she remain in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.
This word is faithful, “If anyone aspires to oversight, he desires a good work.” 2 Therefore the bishop must be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, orderly, hospitable, apt at teaching, not an excessive drinker, nor a striker, but forbearing, uncontentious, not avaricious, ruling his own household well, having his children in subjection with all gravity, 5 (but if anyone does not know to rule his own household, how will he care for a church of God?), not a recent convert, lest being puffed up he fall into judgment like the devil. 7 And he must also have a good witness from outsiders, lest he fall into reproach and a snare of the devil. 8 Deacons should similarly be grave, not double-tongued, not being addicted to much wine, not fond of base gain, having the mystery of the faith with a clean conscience. 10 And also let these first be proved as being irreproachable, then let them minister. 11 Their wives similarly should be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their own children and households well. 13 For the ones who have ministered well acquire for themselves a good standing and much boldness in the faith in Christ Jesus. 14 These things I write to you hoping to come to you shortly; 15 but if I delay, in order that you may know how the household of God should behave, which is the church of the living God, pillar and bulwark of the truth. 16 And confessedly great is the mystery of piety, “Who was manifested in flesh, was justified in spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among nations, was believed in the world, was taken up in glory.”
Now the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will depart from the faith, attending to misleading spirits and teachings of demons, 2 of men who speak lies in hypocrisy, having been branded in their own conscience, 3 forbidding to marry, and abstaining from foods, which God created for partaking with thanksgiving by the believers and those who have fully known the truth. 4 Because every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be put away which is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified through the word of God and petition. 6 You will be a good minister of Christ Jesus by suggesting these things to the brothers, who will be nourished by the words of faith and of the good teaching which you have followed; 7 but refuse the profane and old-womanish tales. And exercise yourself to piety. 8 For bodily exercise is profitable for a little while; but piety is profitable for all things, having promise of the present life and of the coming. 9 This word is faithful and worthy of all acceptance; 10 for we labor and struggle to this, because we have set our hope on a living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. 11 Charge these things and teach. 12 Let no one despise your youth, but become a pattern of the believers in speech, in behavior, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come attend to the public reading, to the exhortation, to the teaching. 14 Do not be neglectful of the gift in you, which was given to you by means of prophecy with laying on of the hands of the body of elders. 15 Attend to these things, be in these things, in order that your advance may be clear to all men. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the teaching, continue in them; for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort as a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters with all purity. 3 Honor widows who are really widows. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, firstly let them learn to show piety to their own household and to return requitals to their forebears; for this is acceptable before God. 5 But the real widow who has been left alone has set her hope on God and continues in her petitions and her prayers night and day; 6 but the one who lives wantonly has died while she is alive. 7 And charge these things, in order that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own and especially his family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 Let a widow who has become not less than sixty years be enrolled, wife of one man, 10 being witnessed by good works: if she brought up children, if she entertained strangers, if she washed the feet of saints, if she relieved those who were afflicted, if she followed after every good work. 11 But refuse younger widows; for whenever they grow wanton against Christ, they wish to marry, 12 having judgment because they set aside their first faith; 13 and at the same time they also learn to be idle going round to the houses, not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, speaking the things that are not proper. 14 Therefore, I will the younger women to marry, to bear children, to be mistress of a house, to give no occasion to the one who opposes on account of reproach; 15 for some already turned aside following Satan. 16 If any believing woman has widows, let her relieve them, and to not let the church be burdened, in order that it may relieve the real widows. 17 Let the elders who rule well be deemed worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle a threshing ox,” and, “The workman is worthy of his pay.” 19 Do not receive accusation against an elder, except on the word of two or three witnesses. 20 Reprove those who sin before everyone, in order that the rest may also have fear. 21 I solemnly witness before God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels in order that you guard these things without prejudgment, doing nothing by way of inclination. 22 Lay hands on no man quickly, nor share in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine on account of your stomach and your frequent weaknesses. 24 The sins of some men are clear beforehand, going before them to judgment, but some indeed they trail behind; 25 similarly the good works are also clear beforehand, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.
As many as are slaves under a yoke, let them deem their own masters worthy of all honor, lest the name of God and the teaching be blasphemed. 2 And those who have believing masters do not let them despise them, because they are brothers, but rather let them serve them as slaves, because those who receive the good service in return are believers and beloved.
Teach and exhort these things. 3 If anyone teaches differently and does not consent to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the teaching according to piety, 4 he has been puffed up, understanding nothing, but is diseased about questionings and battle of words, out of which comes envy, strife, blasphemies, evil suspicions, 5 perpetual wranglings of men whose minds have been corrupted and who have been deprived of the truth, supposing piety to be for gain. 6 But piety is great gain with self-sufficiency; 7 for we have brought nothing into the world, so neither can we carry anything out; 8 but having foods and clothing, with these things we will be satisfied. 9 But those who resolve to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and injurious lusts, which cause men to sink into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all evils, which some who hankered after it wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves round with many pains. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness. 12 Struggle the good struggle of the faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and did confess the good confession before many witnesses. 13 I charge you before God, who quickens all things, and Christ Jesus, who in the time of Pontius Pilate witnessed the good confession, 14 to keep this commandment without reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which the blessed and only Potentate, the King of those who reign and Lord of those who rule, will show in his own times, 16 the only one who has immortality, inhabiting unapproachable light, whom no one of men saw nor can see; to whom be honor and eternal might: Amen. 17 Charge the rich in the present age not to be high-minded, nor to have set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who offers all things to us richly for enjoyment, 18 to do good work, to be rich in good works, to be ready to give generously, 19 treasuring away for themselves a good foundation for the future, in order that they may lay hold on the real life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit, turning aside from the profane empty utterance and opposing tenets of the falsely named knowledge, by which some who professed concerning the faith missed aim.
Grace be with you.