1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Saviour, and Christ Jesus our hope;
1:2 unto Timothy, a true child in faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
1:3 As I exhorted thee to tarry at Ephesus, when I was going into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge certain men not to teach a different doctrine,
1:4 neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questionings, rather than a stewardship of God which is in faith.
1:5 But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned:
1:6 from which things some having 1swerved have turned aside unto vain talking;
1Gk. missed the mark ch. 6:21; 2Tm 2:18.1:7 desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm.
1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,
1:9 as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and unruly, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for 2murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
2Or, smiters (both times)1:10 for fornicators, for abusers of themselves with men, for menstealers, for liars, for false swearers, and if there be any other thing contrary to the 3sound 4doctrine;
3Gk. healthful1:11 according to the 5gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.
5Gk. good tidings See Mt 4:23 margin.1:12 I thank him that 6enabled me, even Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he counted me faithful, appointing me to his service;
6ℵ* 33 copsa read enableth1:13 though I was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: howbeit I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief;
1:14 and the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
1:15 Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am 7first:
7Or, chief:1:16 howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first might Jesus Christ show forth all his longsuffering, for an ensample of them that should thereafter believe on him unto eternal life.
1:17 Now unto the 8King eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory 9for ever and ever. Amen.
8Gk. King of the ages, Compare Rv 15:3; Hb 1:2.1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which led the way to thee, that by them thou mayest war the good warfare;
9Gk. unto the ages of the ages.
1:19 holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith:
1:20 of whom 10is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered unto Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.
10The singular verb implies they were working together.[1Tim 2]
2:1 I exhort therefore, first of all, 11that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men;
11Gk. to make supplications etc.2:2 for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.
2:3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
2:4 who would have all men 12to be saved, and come to a full knowledge of truth.
12Lit. to have been saved and to have come to2:5 For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, himself having been a man, Christ Jesus,
2:6 the one having given himself a ransom for all; the testimony to be borne in its own times;
2:7 whereunto I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I speak the truth, I lie not), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands without wrath and 13disputing.
13Or, doubting.2:9 In like manner, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefastness and sobriety; not with braided hair, and gold or pearls or costly raiment;
2:10 but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good works.
2:11 Let a woman learn in quietness with all subjection.
2:12 But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.
2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve;
2:14 and Adam was not beguiled, but the woman being beguiled hath fallen into transgression:
2:15 but she shall be saved through her child-bearing, if they continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.
3:1 Faithful is the saying. If any man aspires to oversight, he desireth a good work.
3:2 The 14overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
14Or, bishop Gk. επισκοπος, episcopos3:3 no heavy drinker, no striker; but gentle, not contentious, no lover of money;
3:4 one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
3:5 (but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of a church of God?)
3:6 not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into a condemnation of the devil.
3:7 Moreover he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
3:8 Deacons in like manner must be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
3:9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless.
3:11 15Women in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
15Or, Wives or, Their wives3:12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
3:13 For they that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly;
3:15 but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know 16how men ought to behave themselves in a house of God, which is a church of the living God, a pillar and ground of the truth.
16Or, how thou oughtest to behave thyself3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; 17He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the 18nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
17So ℵ*C*A* 33. D* vg read Which 1739 81 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read God[1Tim 4]
4:1 But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,
4:2 through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, 19branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;
19Or, seared4:3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth.
4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it be received with thanksgiving:
4:5 for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
4:6 If thou put the brethren in mind of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which thou hast followed until now:
4:7 but refuse profane and old wives’ fables. And exercise thyself unto godliness:
4:8 for bodily exercise is profitable 20for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.
20Or, for little; or for a short time;4:9 Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation.
4:10 For to this end we labor and 21strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe.
21So ℵ*CA 33. But 1739 81 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa,bo arm vg read suffer reproach,4:11 These things command and teach.
4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an 22ensample to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.
22Lit. type or, pattern4:13 Till I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the 23presbytery.
23Or, body of elders.4:15 Be diligent in these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy progress may be manifest unto all.
4:16 Take heed to thyself, and to thy teaching. Continue in these things; for in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.
5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brethren:
5:2 the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.
5:3 Honor widows that are widows indeed.
5:4 But if any widow hath children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to requite their parents: for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, hath her hope set on God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
5:6 But she that giveth herself to pleasure is dead while she liveth.
5:7 These things also command, that they may be without reproach.
5:8 But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
5:9 Let none be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,
5:10 well reported of for good works; if she hath brought up children, if she hath used hospitality to strangers, if she hath washed the saints’ feet, if she hath relieved the afflicted, if she hath diligently followed every good work.
5:11 But younger widows refuse: for when they have waxed wanton against Christ, they desire to marry;
5:12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first 24pledge.
24Gk. faith.5:13 And withal they learn also to be idle, going about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
5:14 I desire therefore that the younger 25widows marry, bear children, rule the household, give no occasion to the adversary for reviling:
25Or, women5:15 for already some are turned aside after Satan.
5:16 If any 26woman that believeth hath widows, let her relieve them, and let not the church be burdened; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
26So ℵCA 048 1739 33 81 copsa,bo vg. D and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read man or woman5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.
5:18 For the scripture saith, 27Thou shalt not muzzle an ox when he treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his hire.
27Dt 25:4.5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, except at the mouth of two or three witnesses.
5:20 Them that sin reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.
5:21 I charge thee in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect 28angels, that thou observe these things without 29prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
28Or, messengers, And so everywhere.5:22 Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
5:23 (Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.)
5:24 Some men’s sins are evident, going before unto judgment; and some also they follow after.
5:25 In like manner also 30there are good works that are evident; and such as are otherwise cannot long be hid.
30Or, the works that are good are evident;[1Tim 6]
6:1 Let as many as are 31servants under a yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and the doctrine be not blasphemed.
31Gk. bondservants6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but let them serve them the rather, because they that 32partake of the benefit are believing and beloved. These things teach and exhort.
32Or, lay hold of6:3 If any man teacheth a different doctrine, and consenteth not to 33sound words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
33Gk. healthful6:4 he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but 34doting about questionings and disputes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
34Gk. sick6:5 wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of 35gain.
35So ℵA 048 1739 33 81 copsa,bo vg. 256 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm read gain; from such withdraw thyself.6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain:
6:7 for we brought nothing into the world, because neither can we carry anything out;
6:8 but having food and covering 36we shall be therewith content.
36Or, in these we shall have enough.6:9 But they that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition.
6:10 For the love of money is a root of all 37kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
37Gk. evils:6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, 38patience, meekness.
38Or, stedfastness,6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.
6:13 I charge 39thee in the sight of God, who 40preserveth all things alive, and of Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed the good confession;
39ℵ* 1739 33 omit thee6:14 that thou keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
40ℵ and many mss. read giveth life to all things
6:15 which in 41its own times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the 42King of kings, and 43Lord of lords;
41Or, his6:16 who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light unapproachable; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power eternal. Amen.
42Gk. King of them that reign as kings,
43Gk. Lord of them that rule as lords;
6:17 Charge them that are rich in this present age, that they be not highminded, nor have their hope set on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
6:18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, 44willing to communicate;
44Or, ready to sympathize;6:19 laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on 45the real life.
45So ℵA 1739 81 cop arm vg. 1881 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read eternal life.6:20 O Timothy, guard 46that which is committed unto thee, turning away from the profane babblings and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely so called;
46Gk. the deposit,6:21 which some professing have 47erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you.48
47Gk. missed the mark
48So ℵ*A 33 81 (copbo). 048vid 1739* and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm vg read with thee. 1175 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copbo vg add Amen.