1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our saviour, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.
2 Unto Timothy, his natural son in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God our father, and from Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord.
3 As I besought thee to abide still in Ephesus when I departed into Macedonia; even so, do: that thou command some that they teach no other wise, 4 neither give heed to fables and genealogies, which are endless, and breed doubts, more than Godly edifying which is by faith: 5 For the end of the commandment is love that cometh of a pure heart and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 6 from the which things, some have erred, and have turned unto vain jangling, 7 because they would be doctors of the scripture, and yet understand not what they speak, neither whereof they affirm. 8 We know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 understanding this, how that the law is not given unto a righteous man, but unto the unrighteous and disobedient, to the ungodly and to sinners, to unholy and unclean, to murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, to manslayers 10 and whoremongers; to them that defile themselves with mankind; to menstealers; to liars and to perjured, and so forth if there be any other thing that is contrary to wholesome doctrine 11 according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which gospel is committed unto me.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord which hath made me strong: for he counted me true, and put me in office, 13 when before I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and a tyrant. But I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly, through unbelief: 14 Neverthelater, the grace of our Lord was more abundant, with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a true saying, and by all means worthy to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief: 16 for this cause was mercy given unto me, that Jesus Christ should first show on me all long patience, unto the example of them which shall, in time to come, believe on him unto eternal life. 17 So then unto God, King everlasting, immortal, invisible, and wise only, be honour and praise for ever and ever. Amen.
18 This commandment commit I unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which in time past were prophesied of thee, that thou in them shouldest fight a good fight, 19 having faith and good conscience, which some have put away from them, and as concerning faith have made shipwreck. 20 Of whose number is Hymenaeus, and Alexander, which I have delivered unto Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.