1 Paul, the apostle of Jesus according to the commandment of God our Saviour, and Jesus Christ our hope;
2 to Timothy, my beloved son in the faith. Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3 As I exhorted you to remain in Ephesus, I going into Macedonia, in order that you may command certain ones not to teach heterodoxy, 4 nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which present questions, rather than the economy of God which is in faith: 5 but the end of the commandment is divine love out of a clean heart and a good conscience and faith free from hypocrisy: 6 from which certain ones having deflected have gone out into empty talking, 7 wishing to be teachers of the law, not knowing either what they are saying, or concerning what things they do affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if any one may use it lawfully; 9 knowing this, that the law is not made for the righteous, but for the unrighteous and disorderly, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and the profane, for patricides, matricides and homocides, 10 for fornicators, for Sodomites, for kidnapers, for liars, for perjurers, and if any thing else is opposed to healthy teaching; 11 according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I am intrusted.
12 I give thanks to Jesus Christ our Lord, the one having filled me up with dynamite, because he considered me faithful, having put me in the ministry; 13 being antecedently a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and an insulter: but I obtained mercy, because I did it in unbelief being ignorant; 14 but the grace of our Lord with faith and the divine love which is in Christ Jesus superabounded. 15 It is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief: 16 but on this account I obtained mercy, in order that Jesus Christ might in me the chief show forth all longsuffering, for an example of those about to believe on him unto eternal life. 17 But to the King of the ages, the incorruptible, invisible, only God, be honor and glory unto the ages of the ages. Amen.
18 This charge I commit unto you, O child Timothy, according to the prophecies that went before on you, that you may war a beautiful warfare in the same; 19 having faith and a good conscience; which some having cast away have made shipwreck concerning the faith; 20 of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.