Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,
through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.
They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.
If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness,
for, the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.
In fact, we labor and strive for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.
Command and teach these things.
No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.
Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.
Be conscientious about yourself and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,
older women as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters.
Support widows who are genuinely widows.
But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they should learn to practice their religion toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God.
The real widow, left all alone, has put her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers;
however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
Command this, so that they won't be blamed.
Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
No widow should be placed on the official support list unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the wife of one husband,
and is well known for good works-- that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints' feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work.
But refuse to enroll younger widows; for when they are drawn away from Christ by desire, they want to marry,
and will therefore receive condemnation because they have renounced their original pledge.
At the same time, they also learn to be idle, going from house to house; they are not only idle, but are also gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn't say.
Therefore, I want younger women to marry, have children, manage their households, and give the adversary no opportunity to accuse us.
For some have already turned away to follow Satan.
If any believing woman has widows, she should help them, and the church should not be burdened, so that it can help those who are genuinely widows.
The elders who are good leaders should be considered worthy of an ample honorarium, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
For the Scripture says: You must not muzzle an ox that is threshing grain, and, The laborer is worthy of his wages.
Don't accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.
Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will also be afraid.
I solemnly charge you, before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism.
Don't be too quick to lay hands on anyone, and don't share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
Don't continue drinking only water, but use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
Some people's sins are evident, going before them to judgment, but [the sins] of others follow them.
Likewise, good works are obvious, and those that are not [obvious] cannot remain hidden.
All who are under the yoke as slaves must regard their own masters to be worthy of all respect, so that God's name and His teaching will not be blasphemed.
And those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved. Teach and encourage these things.
If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness,
he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slanders, evil suspicions,
and constant disagreement among men whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness is a way to material gain.
But godliness with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out.
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these.
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
Now you, man of God, run from these things; but pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life, to which you were called and have made a good confession before many witnesses.
In the presence of God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you
to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which God will bring about in His own time. [He is] the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords,
the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom none of mankind has seen or can see, to whom be honor and eternal might. Amen.
Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God, who richly provides us with all things to enjoy.
[Instruct them] to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share,
storing up for themselves a good foundation for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.
Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding irreverent, empty speech and contradictions from the "knowledge" that falsely bears that name.
By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith. Grace be with all of you.