1: 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 urged you when I was going into Macedonia, stay at Ephesus that you might command 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 goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere 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 Good News 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 instruction 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.