1 Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Saviour,

2 and the Lord Jesus Christ our hope, To Timotheus my own son in the faith, grace, mercy, peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3 As I exhorted thee when I was going into Macedonia, abide at Ephesus; that thou mayest charge some to teach no other doctrine, Neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies,

4 that afford questions, and not godly edifying, which is through faith.

5 Whereas the end of the commandment is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned,

6 From which some, having missed the mark, are turned aside to vain jangling:

7 Desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither the things they say, nor those concerning which they confidently affirm.

8 We know, the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

9 Knowing this, that the law doth not lie against a righteous man; but against the lawless and disobedient, against the ungodly and sinners, the unholy and prophane, against killers of their fathers or their mothers, against murderers,

10 Against whoremongers, sodomites, man-stealers, liars, perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to wholesome doctrine,

11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I am instructed.

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, in that he accounted me faithful,

13 having put me into the ministry, Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecuter, and a reviler; but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.

16 Yet for this cause I obtained mercy, that on me the chief Jesus Christ might shew all long-suffering, for a pattern to them who should hereafter believe in him to life everlasting.

17 Now to the king of eternity, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever, Amen.

18 This charge I commit to thee, son Timotheus, according to the prophecies which went before concerning thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare:

19 Holding fast faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away, have made shipwreck of their faith.

20 Among which are Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.