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1 Timothy chapter 1

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus, our hope:
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To Timothy, my true child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
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As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, remain in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach other doctrine
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or to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God's plan, which operates by faith.
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Now the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
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Some have deviated from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion.
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They want to be teachers of the law, although they don't understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on.
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Now we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately.
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We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers,
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for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching
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based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God that was entrusted to me.
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I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry--
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one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. Since it was out of ignorance that I had acted in unbelief, I received mercy,
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and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
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This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"-- and I am the worst of them.
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But I received mercy because of this, so that in me, the worst [of them], Christ Jesus might demonstrate the utmost patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
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Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
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Timothy, my child, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage in battle,
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having faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and have suffered the shipwreck of their faith.
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Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them, and I have delivered them to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy chapter 2

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First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,
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for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
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This is good, and it pleases God our Savior,
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who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, a man, Christ Jesus,
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who gave Himself-- a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.
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For this I was appointed a herald, an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
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Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.
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Also, the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense; not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive apparel,
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but with good works, as is proper for women who affirm that they worship God.
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A woman should learn in silence with full submission.
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I do not allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; instead, she is to be silent.
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For Adam was created first, then Eve.
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And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed.
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But she will be saved through childbearing, if she continues in faith, love, and holiness, with good sense.

1 Timothy chapter 3

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This saying is trustworthy: "If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work."
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An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,
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not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy--
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one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.
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(If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God's church?)
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He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.
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Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil's trap.
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Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money,
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holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
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And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.
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Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.
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Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.
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For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
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I write these things to you, hoping to come to you soon.
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But if I should be delayed, [I have written] so that you will know how people ought to act in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.