1 But the spirit saith expresly, that in the later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, 2 By the hypocrisy of them that speak lies, having their own consciences seared as with an hot iron: 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected, being received with thanksgiving. 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.
6 If thou remind the brethren of these things, thou wilt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourishing them with the words of faith, and of the good doctrine whereto thou hast attained. 7 But avoid profane and old wives fables, and exercise thyself unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having the promise of the present life, and of that which is to come.
9 This is faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation. 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of them that believe.
11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no one despise thy youth; but be a pattern to them that believe, in word, in behaviour, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give thyself to reading, to exhortation, to 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 profiting may appear in all things. 16 Take heed to thyself and to thy teaching: continue in them, for in so doing thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.