Book of 1stTimothy
One of the three Pastoral Epistles.
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|Apostle Paul (v 1:1), wrote from Macedonia to Timothy and his church.||
This letter was written to Timothy while he was a pastor at Lystra,
Timothy was probably in his late teens or early twenties. Paul refers
to him as a young man and gives instruction on church structure,
addressing various church concerns. Giving Timothy encouragement and
charging him to keep on fighting the good fight of faith.
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.
2To Timothy, a true son in the faith, grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus and charge certain men there that they only teach the doctrine of Christ. 4Do not entertain fables or speculations, that only cause disputes rather than godly edification, which is in faith. 5The purpose of the commandment is to love from a pure heart, from a good conscience in sincere faith. 6From which some have strayed from this and have turned aside to idle talk. 7Desiring to be teachers of the law, but they nether understand what they say or what they are standing for. 8However, we know that the law is good if one uses it rightfully. 9But know that the law is not made for a righteous man, but rather for the lawless, for the ungodly and sinners and them who are profane, insubordinate and murderers. 10For fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers and liars. And any other things that are contrary to sound doctrine, 11of the glorious gospel that I have been entrusted with.
12I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has established me, because He has counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. 13Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor and an arrogant man, I have obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly and in unbelief. 14For the grace of our Lord was abundant, with faith and love through Christ Jesus. 15This is a faithful saying and worthy that all may accept it; Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief. 16However for this reason I obtained mercy, that Jesus Christ might first show us His longsuffering, as a pattern, to all who might believe on Him unto everlasting life. 17Now to the king eternal, immortal, invisible to God alone who is wise, to Him be honor and glory forever, Amen.
18Concerning previous prophecies spoken over you, I charge you to fight the good fight. 19Some have rejected faith and a good conscience having become shipwrecked. 20Such are Hymenaeus and Alexander, that I gave over to Satan, so that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1Therefore, I urge you with all humility to intercede with prayer and giving of thanks be made for all men. 2For kings and those in authority and that we may lead a quiet, peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior. 4Whose desire it is for all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is but one God and one mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus. 6Who gave Himself and became a ransom for all men, that they in due time could give testimony of this. 7And for this, I was appointed a preacher and an apostle, speaking the truth in Christ, a teacher to the gentiles in faith and truth.
8Therefore, I desire that all men should pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without anger or doubts in their hearts nor reluctance to give praise. 9Also, I desire that the women should adorn themselves in modest sensible apparel, not in a flashy outward manor. 10But rather this is what is proper for women professing godliness having good works. 11Let women learn in silence and be in all submission. 12Not allowing women to teach or have authority over men, but should remain silent. 13For Adam was formed first and then Eve. 14Adam was not deceived, but the woman was and fell into transgression. 15Nevertheless she will be saved through childbearing, if she continues in faith, love and holiness, showing self-control.
1Yes, it is true, that if a man desires an office in the church ministry, he desires a good thing. 2A church leader must be blameless, a husband of one wife, mild, of sound mind and self control, hospitable and able to teach. 3Not given to wine, violet nor greedy for money, not quarrelsome or argumentative. but gentle, 4Able to rule his own house well, having his own children in submission with reverence for God. 5For if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how then will he take care of the house of God? 6He must not be a novice, least he gets puffed up with pride and fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7This man must have a good reputation outside of the church, least he also falls into reproach, the snare of the devil.
8Likewise those who wish to serve in the church must be respectful not sarcastic not given to much wine or greedy for money. 9Stable in their understanding of Christ and able to hold onto the mystery of faith with a pure conscience. 10But let them first be tested, then they may serve, after they have been found to be blameless. 11Likewise, their wives shall be reverent, not slanderers, temperate and faithful in all things. 12He shall be a husband of one wife, able to rule their children and their house well. 13Those who serve well in the church obtain a good standing and further boldness in the faith in Christ Jesus.
14I write these things to you, even though I hope to come to you shortly. 15But, if I am delayed in coming, you will still have instructions on correct conduct in the church of the living God, the foundation of all truth. 16For without any controversy, great is the mystery of godliness.
God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the nations, Believed in throughout the world, Received up in glory.
1Now the Spirit of God, makes clear that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving themselves over to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. 2Speaking lies as hypocrites, even believing their own lies. 3Forbidding other to marry and commanding them to abstain from certain foods, that God created to be received with thanksgiving, by those who believe and know the truth. 4For every creature of God is good and should not be refused if received with thanksgiving, 5having been sanctified by the Word of God in prayer.
6Instruct the brothers in these things, for this will make you a good minister of Jesus Christ. Nourish the words of faith and the good doctrine, of the gospel, that you have carefully followed. 7Rejecting profane speculative and old wives tales and exercising yourself towards godliness. 8For physical exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable in all things, having the promise of the life that is now and is to come. 9This is a steadfast saying and worthy of all acceptance, 10for to this end we labor and suffer reproach, because of our trust in the living God, the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11Command and teach these things.
12Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example to the believers, in conduct, in love, word, spirit, faith and purity. 13Until I come to you. keep reading doctrine, exhortation and teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift that is within you, that was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands of the eldership. 15Meditate on these things and give yourself entirely over to them, that your growth may become evident to all. 16Continue in the word, both learning and teaching, for in doing so you will save both, yourself and those who hear you.
1Do not rebuke an older man, but rather exhort him as a father and younger men as brothers. 2Older women as mothers and younger girls as sisters, with all purity. 3Honor the true widows. 4However if a widow has family members, let them first show charity to her, for this is good in the sight of the Lord. 5Now she who is a true widow and is alone, let her fix her trust on God, interceding and praying, day and night. 6But she who lives in pleasure, while she lives is dead. 7Command the people of these things, that they may be blameless. 8And if anyone does not provide for his own and for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9Let the widows that receive church support, be over sixty years of age having been the wife of one man. 10Being known for her good works, if she has raised children, lodged strangers, washed the saint's feet, received the afflicted and diligently following every good work. 11But refuse the younger widows, for when their desires grow strong, they withdraw from Christ and desire to marry. 12Now being under condemnation, for they have cast off their first faith. 13Besides this, they learn to be idle, wandering from house to house, spreading gossip, things they ought not to be saying. 14Therefore, I believe it is best for younger widows to marry, bear children and manage the house, giving no opportunity to the adversary. 15Even now, some have already turned aside from the faith and are following Satan. 16If a believing man or woman is housing a widow, let them take care of her, so the church will not bear the burden and can meet the needs of the true widows.
17Let the church leaders who rule well, be counted worthy of double honor and given monetary support, especially those who study the Word in preaching and teaching. 18For the scripture also says; You shall not muzzle the ox while treading out grain, (the labor is worthy of his wages), Deuteronomy 25:4. 19Only entertain an accusation against an elder if it is verified by two or three witnesses. 20Rebuke those who are sinning in the presents of all, as an example, so that all may fear and think twice. 21I charge you before God, Jesus Christ and the elect angels, that you observe matters without prejudice and that you do nothing showing partiality. 22Do not lay hands on anyone in haste, nor share in other peoples sins, keep yourself pure.
23Do not only drink water, but also take a little wine for your stomach's sake and your often infirmities. 24Know that, some men's sins are clearly evident leading them to judgment while other men's sins are only revealed at the judgment. 25Likewise the good works of some are clearly seen while the good works of others are not yet, they will be revealed at the last day, they will not remain hidden.
1Tell all slaves to respect and honor their masters, so that the name and doctrine of God is not blasphemed. 2If the owner is a believer, let not the servant despise him because they are brothers in the faith. But, rather serve him because he is also a beloved believer.
3Anyone who teaches apart from and does not consent to the sound doctrine according to godliness and wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4He is proud and ignorant knowing nothing, enjoying foolish controversies and quibbling over the meaning of words that leads to strife resulting in quarrels and evil suspicions. 5These men with their useless babbling, corrupt minds and they themselves are lacking the truth. For they suppose that godliness is a means of gain. Stay away from such people.
6Godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world and it is certain that we can take nothing out of it. 8Having food and clothing alone should bring us contentment. 9But those who desire to become rich fall into temptations and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which destroy themselves. 10For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, because of this alone some have strayed from the faith and brought on to themselves many sorrows.
11Timothy, but you are a man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on to eternal life to which you were called, having a good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13Therefore, I urge you under God our Creator, whom gives life to all things and before Christ Jesus, whom before Pontius Pilate gave the good confession, 14That you keep His commandment and keep yourself blameless, until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15For Christ will appear in His own time, He alone is blessed, the king of kings and the Lord of lords, 16Immortal, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, Be honor and everlasting power, Amen.
17Command those who are rich not to be high-minded nor to trust in uncertain riches but rather in the living God, who gives to us all things for our enjoyment. 18Let them do good that they may be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share. 19Thus storing up for themselves a good foundation, that they may lay hold onto eternal life.
20Timothy, guard what was committed to your trust, avoid profane idle babble and foolish arguments, of what some people call knowledge. 21For by professing it some have led themselves astray.
Grace be with you, Amen.