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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and Christ Jesus our hope; [2] to Timothy, my true child in faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. [3] As I exhorted you to stay at Ephesus when I was going into Macedonia, that you might charge certain men not to teach a different doctrine, [4] neither to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God's stewardship, which is in faith -- [5] but the end of the charge is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith; [6] from which things some, having missed the mark, have turned aside to vain talking; [7] desiring to be teachers of the law, though they understand neither what they say, nor about what they strongly affirm. [8] But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully, [9] as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, [10] for the sexually immoral, for homosexuals, for slave-traders, for liars, for perjurers, and for any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine; [11] according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. [12] And I thank him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he counted me faithful, appointing me to service; [13] although I was before a blasphemer, a persecutor, and insolent. However, I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. [14] The grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. [15] The saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. [16] However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first, Jesus Christ might display all his patience, for an example of those who were going to believe in him for eternal life. [17] Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. [18] This charge I commit to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophecies which led the way to you, that by them you may wage the good warfare; [19] holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith; [20] of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered to Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.

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