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King James 2000 Bible
Greeting to Timothy
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope;
2Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reject False Teachers of the Law
3As I besought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4Neither give heed to myths and endless genealogies, which cause questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
5Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain talk;
7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor the things they affirm.
8But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully;
9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10For fornicators, for homosexuals, for slave traders, for liars, for perjurers, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
11According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
Thanks to God for His Mercy and Grace
12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and insolent: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16But for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering, for an example to them who should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
18This charge I commit unto you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which were made concerning you, that you by them might war a good warfare;
19Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made it shipwreck:
20Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.