Paul's Greeting to Timothy
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus our hope:
2To Timothy, his beloved son in faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
Warning against False Teaching
3As I desired thee to remain at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some not to teach otherwise, 4Not to give heed to fables and endless genealogies: which furnish questions rather than the edification of God, which is in faith. 5Now the end of the commandment is charity, from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith. 6From which things some going astray, are turned aside unto vain babbling: 7Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither the things they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully: 9Knowing this, that the law is not made for the just man, but for the unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly, and for sinners, for the wicked and defiled, for murderers of fathers, and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10For fornicators, for them who defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and whatever other thing is contrary to sound doctrine, 11Which is according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which hath been committed to my trust.
God's Grace to Paul
12I give thanks who hath strengthened me, even to Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he hath counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry; 13Who before was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and contumelious. But I obtained the mercy of God, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14Now the grace of our Lord hath abounded exceedingly with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus. 15A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief. 16But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ Jesus might shew forth all patience, for the information of them that shall believe in him unto life everlasting. 17Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18This precept I commend to thee, O son Timothy; according to the prophecies going before on thee, that thou war in them a good warfare, 19Having faith and a good conscience, which some rejecting have made shipwreck concerning the faith. 20Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered up to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.