1 Timothy 2 (Common English Bible)

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Prayer for everyone

1 First of all, then, I ask that requests, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be made for all people. 2 Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity. 3 This is right and it pleases God our savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 There is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the human Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a payment to set all people free. This was a testimony that was given at the right time. 7 I was appointed to be a preacher and apostle of this testimony—I'm telling the truth and I'm not lying! I'm a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Instructions for men and women

8 Therefore, I want men to pray everywhere by lifting up hands that are holy, without anger or argument. 9 In the same way, I want women to enhance their appearance with clothing that is modest and sensible, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive clothes. 10 They should make themselves attractive by doing good, which is appropriate for women who claim to honor God. 11 A wifea should learn quietly with complete submission. 12 I don't allow a wifeb to teach or to control her husband.c Instead, she should be a quiet listener. 13 Adam was formed first, and then Eve. 14 Adam wasn't deceived, but rather his wifed became the one who stepped over the line because she was completely deceived. 15 But a wifee will be brought safely through giving birth to their children,f if they both continue in faith, love, and holiness, together with self-control.
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