1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to a command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus our Hope,
2 to Timothy, a true child in faith: grace, mercy, peace, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3 As I exhorted you to continue in Ephesus, when I was journeying into Macedonia, that you might charge certain ones not to teach a different doctrine, 4 nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies; which, indeed, occasion disputes rather than God's dispensation, which is in faith, so do I now. 5 But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and of faith unfeigned; 6 which some having missed turned aside to vain talk; 7 wishing to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they confidently affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if one use it lawfully; 9 knowing this, that law is not enacted for a righteous man, but for lawless and unruly ones, for ungodly and sinful, for unholy and profane, for patricides, and matricides, for man-slayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for man-stealers, for liars, for false swearers; and whatever else is contrary to healthful teaching; 11 according to the Gospel of the glory of the Blessed God, with which I was entrusted.
12 I have thanks for Him Who empowered me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because He accounted me faithful, putting me into His service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious; but I obtained mercy, because I, being ignorant, did it in unbelief; 14 and the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief; 16 but for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me, as chief, Christ Jesus might show forth all His longsuffering for an example to those about to believe on Him unto eternal life. 17 Now to the King of the ages, incorruptible, invisible, only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
18 This charge I commit to you, child Timothy, according to the prophecies going before in respect to you, that you may war with these the noble warfare; 19 holding faith, and a good conscience, which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith; 20 of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered up to Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.