1 Timothy 4 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. 1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
2 These teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanksgiving by people who know and believe the truth. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it. We may receive it gladly, with thankful hearts. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
5 For we know it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
6 If you explain this to the brothers and sisters, you will be doing your duty as a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is fed by the message of faith and the true teaching you have followed. 6 If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, brought up in the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
8 Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
9 This is true, and everyone should accept it. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance
10 We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe the truth, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and particularly of those who believe. 10 (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.
11 Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. 11 Command and teach these things.
12 Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 12 Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecies spoken to you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.
16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right, and God will save you and those who hear you. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.