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19 Receive not an accusation against an elder, unless from two or three witnesses. 20 Challenge those that sin, in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. 21 I charge thee before God, and before the Lord Jesus Christ and his chosen angels, that thou observe these things without preference, doing nothing by partiality. 22 Lay hands hastily on no one, and partake not of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. 23 Drink no longer water only, but use a little wine for the sake of thy stomach, and of thy frequent infirmities. 24 Some men's sins are manifest beforehand, going before them to judgment, and some men they follow after; 25 so, also, the good works of some are manifest beforehand, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.

CHAPTER VI.

LET all who are servants under a yoke, account their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name and doctrine of God be not blasphemed; 2 and let not they that have believing masters, despise them, because they are their brethren; but serve them the rather, because they are faithful and be

loved, being partakers of the same beneficence: these things teach and exhort. 3 If any one teach otherwise, and submit not himself to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 he is puffed up with pride, understanding nothing, but distempered with questions and disputes of words, from whence cometh jealousy, strife, railings, evil suspicions; 5 through which, arise perverse debatings of men of corrupted minds, and destitute of the truth; regarding godliness as a means of gain. 6 But, godliness with contentment is a great gain; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and it is certain that we cannot carry any thing Out: 8 and if we have food and covering, let us be content with these. 9 But, they that wish to be rich, fall into temptation and a snare; and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which plunge men into destruction and perdition: 10 for, the root of all evil is the love of money; in striving after which, some have strayed from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many SOrr'OWS.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee from these things; and pursue justification, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness: 12 fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which thou art called, and of which thou hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I charge thee, in the presence of God who giveth life to all things, and of Christ Jesus who, before Pontius Pilate, witnessed a good confesSion; 14 that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; 15 which, in his own times, He will shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 who only hath immortality; dwelling in light to which

no one can approach; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be eternal honour and power. Amen! 17 Charge those who are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in the uncertainty of riches; but, in the living God, who giveth us richly all things for enjoyment: 18 that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to impart; 19 treasuring for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may take hold of eternal life. 20 O Timothy, secure that which is committed to thee; avoiding profane and vain babblings; and oppositions of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some professing, have strayed from the faith. Grace be with thee!

2 Tim. iv. 7.

Acts, i. 7.

The First to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chief city of
Phrygia Pacatiana.

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CHAPTER I.

AUL, by the will of God an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus; 2 to Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord! 3 I give thanks to the God whom I serve from my forefathers with a pure conscience, while I have thee unceasingly in remembrance in my prayers, night and day; 4 longing to see thee, remembering thy tears, that I may be filled with joy: 5 calling to mind also the unfeigned faith that is in thee; which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and then in thy mother Eunice, and I am persuaded that it dwelleth in thee also. 6 For which cause I remind thee, to stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands:

7 for, God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not, therefore, ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: 9 but, take thou thy share of the sufferings of the gospel; according to the power of God, who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling: 10 not according to our works; but, according to his own purpose, and the grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus, before time began; and is now manifested, by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ; 11 who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and incorruption into light, by the gospel, 12 of which I am appointed a preacher and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles; for which cause also I suffer these things. 18 Yet I am not ashamed,

for I know in whom I have believed; and am persuaded, that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him, against that day. 14 Hold fast the impression of the sound doctrines which thou hast heard from me, in the faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15 That good thing which was committed to thee, keep safe through the Holy Spirit which dwelleth in us. 16 This thou knowest, that all who are in Asia are turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 17 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 18 but, when he was in Rome, he sought me out diligently, and found me. 19 The Lord grant to him, that he may find mercy from the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered to me in Ephesus, thou well knowest.

CHAPTER II.

Thou, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; 2 and, those things that thou hast heard from me, through many witnesses, commit thou

to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also: 3 endure suffering with them, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No soldier going to war, entangleth himself with the concerns of life; that he may please him who hath chosen him for a soldier: 5 and if any one contend for a prize, he is not crowned, unless he contend rightfully: 6 the labouring husbandman, must be the first to partake of the fruits. 7 Attend to the things which I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in them all :

8 remember, that Jesus is John, xx. 31.

Christ risen from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel; 9 and though I suffer evil as an evil doer, even to bonds: yet the word of God is not bound; 10 therefore, I endure all things for the chosen's sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11 The saying is true: That if we have died with him, we shall also live with him: 12 if we endure for him, we shall also reign with him: if we disown him, he also will disown us: 13 if we believe him not, yet he continueth faithful: he cannot disown himself.

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14 Keep these things in remembrance; charging all, before God, not to contend about words, serving to no profit, but only to the subverting of those that hear them : 15 study to shew thyself approved by God; a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly expounding the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings, for they will further advance ungodliness; 17 and their word will eat on, as a gangrene: of whom is Hymeneus and Philetus; 18 who have erred concerning the truth, saying, that the resurrection hath already been; and subvert the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth fast, having this seal, “The Lord “knoweth them that are his :” and, Let every one that nameth the name of the Lord, depart from iniquity. 20 But, in a great house, are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some for honour, and some for dishonour: 21 if, therefore, any one keep himself pure from these things, he will be a vessel for honour; sanctified and useful to his master, and prepared for every good work. 22 And flee youthful lusts: but pursue justification, faith,

love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart; 23 but avoid foolish and unlearned questions, knowing that they engender strifes: 24 and the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be gentle to all men, ready to teach, patient of evil; with meekness instructing those that are contrarily disposed, 25 if so be that God may give them change of mind for the acknowledging of the truth; and for the recovering of themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are made captive by him at his will.

CHAPTER III.

ND know this, that in the last days grievous times will come; 2 for, men will be lovers of their selves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy; 3 without tender affection, truce breakers, slanderers, incontinent, fierce, enemies of those that are good; 4 traitors, headstrong, insolent, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 having a form of godliness, but disowning its power: from such turn away. 6 For of these are they who

2 thess. ii. 2.

Ps. i. 6.

Jer. xliv. 26.

Acts, xx. 29.

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