1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1 Now the Spirit says clearly that in the last times some people will abandon the faith by following deceitful spirits, the teachings of demons,
1 But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
2 and the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences have been burned by a hot iron.
2 [misled] by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron [leaving them incapable of ethical functioning],
3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
3 They will try to stop people from marrying and from eating certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
3 who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from [certain kinds of] foods which God has created to be gratefully shared by those who believe and have [a clear] knowledge of the truth.
4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
4 For everything God created is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
4 For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;
5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
5 because it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
5 for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer.
6 In pointing out these things to (M)the brethren, you will be a good (N)servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the (b)(O)sound doctrine which you (P)have been following.
6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
6 If you continue to point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of the Messiah Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the healthy teaching that you have followed closely.
7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
7 Do not have anything to do with godless myths and fables of old women. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
7 But have nothing to do with irreverent folklore and silly myths. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness [keeping yourself spiritually fit].
8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
8 Physical exercise is of limited value, but Godliness is very dear, a pledge of life, both there and here.
8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves complete acceptance.
9 This is a faithful and trustworthy saying worthy of full acceptance and approval.
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
10 To this end we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, that is, of those who believe.
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
12 Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for other believers in your speech, behavior, love, faithfulness, and purity.
12 Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth, but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
13 Until I arrive, give your full concentration to the public reading of Scripture, to exhorting, and to teaching.
13 Until I come, devote yourself to public reading [of Scripture], to preaching and to teaching [the sound doctrine of God’s word].
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.
14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy when the elders laid their hands on you.
15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
15 Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.
15 Think on these things. Devote your life to them so that everyone can see your progress.
15 Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them [completely occupied in your ministry], so that your progress will be evident to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
16 Pay close attention to your life and your teaching. Persevere in these things, because if you do so, you will save both yourself and those who listen to you.
16 Pay close attention to yourself [concentrate on your personal development] and to your teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
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