1 Timothy 4


2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars 5seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
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.
4 For 10everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is 11received with gratitude;
5 for it is sanctified by means of 12the word of God and prayer.

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