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I.  Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, according to the commandment of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our hope,

2to Timothy, a true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3As I besought thee to remain still in Ephesus, when I was going into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge certain ones not to teach other doctrine,

4nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which further disputes rather than God's dispensation, which is in faith, [so do.]

5Now the end of the commandment is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned;

6from which some swerving turned aside to idle prattling;

7desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what 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 a righteous man, but for the lawless and unruly, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers; for man-slayers,

10for fornicators, for those who defile themselves with mankind, for enslavers of men, for liars, for false swearers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teachings;

11according to the glorious gospel of the blissful God, with which I was entrusted.

12And I thank him who gave me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, that he accounted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

13who was formerly a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and overbearing. But I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief;

14and the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15Faithful is the 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 Christ Jesus might show forth all his long-suffering, for a pattern to those who should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

17Now to the King eternal, the imperishable, invisible, only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

18This charge I commit to thee, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before concerning thee, that thou mayest wage in them the good warfare;

19having faith, and a good conscience, which some thrusting away made shipwreck concerning the faith.

20Of whom is Hymenæus and Alexander; whom I delivered over to Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.

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