1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus our hope,
2 to Timothy my true son in the faith; grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I requested you to remain at Ephesus, when going into Macedonia, that you might charge some not to preach another doctrine, 4 nor attend to myths or interminable genealogies, which occasion disputes rather than a dispensation of God by faith, [do.] 5 But the end of the commandment is love from a pure heart and good conscience and faith unfeigned, 6 which some having missed turned aside to vain words, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, not understanding what they say nor about what they make confident assertions. 8 But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully; 9 knowing this, that a law is not made for a righteous man, but for the wicked and disorderly, the impious and sinful, the unholy and profane, murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers and murderers of their fellow-men, 10 fornicators, sodomites, men-stealers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been intrusted.
12 And I thank our Lord Jesus Christ who has empowered me [to preach,] that he accounted me faithful, putting me in the ministry, 13 who formerly was a blasphemer and persecutor and an injurious man; but I obtained mercy because I did those things ignorantly in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord greatly abounded with the faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 The word is true 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, that Jesus Christ might exhibit in me first all long-suffering, for an example to those who should hereafter believe in him to life eternal. 17 And to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever; amen.
18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before concerning you, that by them you may perform an honorable service, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having cast away have suffered shipwreck of the faith; 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.