1 PAUL, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the appointment of God, our Savior, and Christ Jesus our hope,
2 to Timothy my true child in faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 As I begged you to stay in Ephesus when I was leaving for Macedonia, that you might charge some not to teach new and strange doctrines
4 nor give attention to myths and endless genealogies, which promote disputes rather than God's plan in the faith, so I beg you now.
5 The aim of the commandment is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
6 Some missing these have turned aside to empty talk,
7 wishing to be teachers of the Law, but not understanding either what they are saying or what the things are that they are so positive about.
8 We know that the Law is excellent, if any one uses it lawfully.
9 But we know this: that law is not laid down for a righteous man, but for the lawless and the insubordinate, the ungodly and sinners, the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 for the unchaste, for those who practice unnatural vices, for slave-dealers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to wholesome teaching
11 such as accords with the glorious good news of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has given me strength, because he thought me faithful and put me into his service,
13 though before that I spoke profanely and was a persecutor and insolent in outrages. But I received mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord overflowed in me with faith and love in Christ Jesus.
15 The saying is trust-worthy and deserving of full acceptance that "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners," of whom I am the foremost.
16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might show all of his long-suffering for an example for those who are to believe in him and gain life eternal.
17 To the King of the ages, the immortal, invisible, only God, be honor and glory for the ages of the ages! Amen.
18 This command I lay down for you, my child Timothy, in accordance with the prophecies that came in advance regarding you, in order that armed with them you may wage the noble war,
19 holding to faith and a good conscience, which some have cast aside and thus made shipwreck of their faith.
20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, that they may learn not to speak profanely.