1 Timothy 1:4-14 NIV

4 nor to devote themselves to myths1 and endless genealogies.2 These promote controversies3 rather than God's work--which is by faith.

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5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart4 and a good conscience5 and a sincere faith.6

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6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk.
7 They want to be teachers7 of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.8

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8 We know that the law is good9 if one uses it properly.

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9 We also know that lawa is made not for the righteous10 but for lawbreakers and rebels,11 the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

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    • a 1:9 - Or "that the law"
      10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine12

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      11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.13

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      The Lord's Grace to Paul

      12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength,14 that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.15

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      13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor16 and a violent man, I was shown mercy17 because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.18

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          14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,19 along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.20

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