1 Now the Spirit expressly saith, that in latter times some shall apostatize from the faith, attending to seducing spirits, 2 and doctrines of demons founded in the hypocrisy of liars, who are seared in their own conscience, forbidding to marry, 3 and enjoining abstinence from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by those that believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.
6 If thou lay these things before the brethren, thou wilt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, as one brought up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, to which thou hast attained. 7 But profane and groundless fables reject, and exercise thyself unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little, but piety is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come:
9 this is a certain truth and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end we both labour and suffer reproach, because we have hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of the faithful.
11 These things declare and teach. 12 Let no one have cause to despise thy youth; but he thou an example to believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come attend to reading, to exhortation, and teaching. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate on these things, be wholly in them, that thy proficiency may be manifest in all. 16 Take heed to thyself, and to thy doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this, thou wilt both save thyself and those that hear thee.