1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior, and Christ Jesus our hope,
2to Timothy, my true child in regard to the Faith:a Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
As I urged you when I was going into Macedonia, stay at Ephesus so that you can instruct certain people not to teach a different doctrine,
4nor to occupy themselves with fables and endless genealogies, which give rise to speculation, rather than furthering the administration of God, which happens by trust.
5Now the goal of this command is love that comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and genuine trust.
, having swerved from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussions,
wanting to be teachers of the law, but
not understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
But we know that the law is
good if one uses it lawfully,
9realizing this, that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, ungodly and sinners, unholy and worldly-minded, murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, murderers,
10the sexually immoral, those who practice homosexuality, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and if there is any other thing contrary to the sound teaching
that conforms to the Good News of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
I am always thanking him who enabled me, that is,
Christ Jesus our Lord, because he counted me faithful, appointing me to his
even though I was previously a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and an insolent man
. But I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief,
but the grace of our Lord overflowed abundantly, along with trust and love that is in Christ Jesus.
15This statement is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first in rank.
16Nevertheless, I obtained mercy for this reason: so that in me, as first in rank, Jesus Christ could show all his longsuffering as a pattern for those who are about to believe in him, which results in life in the Age to come.
Now to the King of the ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be
honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.
18Timothy, my child, I am giving you this command in accord with the prophecies previously made about you, so that by them you can war the good warfare,
maintaining trust and a good conscience, which some, having thrust away, have shipwrecked their trust,
20of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to the Adversary,b so that they will learn not to speak injuriously.