1Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus appointed by the command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus ourhope,
2to Timothy, true child of mine in the faith. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from ChristJesus our Lord.
3When I was setting out for Macedonia I urged you to stay on in Ephesus to instruct certain people not tospread wrong teaching
4or to give attention to myths and unending genealogies; these things only foster doubts instead offurthering God's plan which is founded on faith.
5The final goal at which this instruction aims is love, issuing from a pure heart, a clear conscience and asincere faith.
6Some people have missed the way to these things and turned to empty speculation,
7trying to be teachers of the Law; but they understand neither the words they use nor the matters aboutwhich they make such strong assertions.
8We are wel aware that the Law is good, but only provided it is used legitimately,
9on the understanding that laws are not framed for people who are upright. On the contrary, they are forcriminals and the insubordinate, for the irreligious and the wicked, for the sacrilegious and the godless; they arefor people who kil their fathers or mothers and for murderers,
10for the promiscuous, homosexuals, kidnappers, for liars and for perjurers -- and for everything else thatis contrary to the sound teaching
11that accords with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, the gospel that was entrusted to me.
12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength. By cal ing me into his service he has judgedme trustworthy,
13even though I used to be a blasphemer and a persecutor and contemptuous. Mercy, however, wasshown me, because while I lacked faith I acted in ignorance;
14but the grace of our Lord filled me with faith and with the love that is in Christ Jesus.
15Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the worldto save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them;
16and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the leading exampleof his inexhaustible patience for al the other people who were later to trust in him for eternal life.
17To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18Timothy, my son, these are the instructions that I am giving you, in accordance with the words oncespoken over you by the prophets, so that in their light you may fight like a good soldier
19with faith and a good conscience for your weapons. Some people have put conscience aside andwrecked their faith in consequence.
20I mean men like Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan so that they may learnnot to be blasphemous.
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