Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope,
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
As I besought thee when I went into Macedonia to abide still at Ephesus, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which promote questions rather than godly edifying in the faith, so do!
Now the aim of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, with a good conscience and with faith unfeigned,
from which some have swerved and have turned aside unto vain jangling,
desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor whereof they affirm.
But we know that the law is good if a man use it lawfully,
knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
for whoremongers, for those who defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine
according to the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry--
I, who was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and injurious. But I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief;
and the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant with faith and love, which are in Christ Jesus.
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Nonetheless, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all longsuffering as a pattern for those who should hereafter believe in Him to life everlasting.
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before concerning thee, that thou by them mightest wage a good warfare,
holding faith and a good conscience which some, having put aside, have suffered shipwreck concerning faith.
Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.