1 But 1the Spirit explicitly says that 2in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to 3deceitful spirits and 4doctrines of demons,

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2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars 5seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,

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3 men who 6forbid marriage and advocate 7abstaining from foods which 8God has created to be 9gratefully * shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

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4 For 10everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is 11received with gratitude;

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5 for it is sanctified by means of 12the word of God and prayer.

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A Good Minister's Discipline

6 In pointing out these things to 13the brethren, you will be a good 14servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the 15sound doctrine which you 16have been following.

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7 But have nothing to do with 17worldly 18fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of 19godliness;

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8 for 20bodily discipline is only of little profit, but 21godliness is profitable for all things, since it 22holds promise for the 23present life and also for the life to come.

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9 24It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.

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10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed 25our hope on 26the living God, who is 27the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

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11 28Prescribe and teach these things.

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    • d 4:11 - Or "Keep commanding and teaching"
      12 29Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, 30love, faith and purity, show yourself 31an example of those who believe.

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      13 32Until I come, give attention to the public 33reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

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      14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through 34prophetic utterance with 35the laying on of hands by the 36presbytery.

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        • f 4:14 - Or "board of elders"
          15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.
          16 37Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will 38ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

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            • g 4:16 - Lit "save both yourself and those"