Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope:
To Timothy, my own true son in the faith. May grace, mercy and peace be granted to you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
When I was on my journey to Macedonia I begged you to remain on in Ephesus that you might remonstrate with certain persons because of their erroneous teaching
and the attention they bestow on mere fables and endless pedigrees, such as lead to controversy rather than to a true stewardship for God, which only exists where there is faith. And I make the same request now.
But the end sought to be secured by exhortation is the love which springs from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith.
From these some have drifted away, and have wandered into empty words.