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17 comfort and establish your hearts in every good work and word.

CHAPTER III.

FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run its course; and be glorified, even as it is with you : 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all hold not the faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and preserve you from the evil one: 4 and we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that ye both do, and will do, the things that we enjoin you: 5 and may the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God, and to the patient waiting for Christ. 6 And we enjoin you, brethren, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not according to the tradition which ye received from us: 7 for, yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 neither did we eat any one's bread for nought, but worked

with labour and toil, night and day, that we might not be burthensome to any of you: 9 not because we have not authority, but, to make ourselves an example to you, that ye might imitate us. 10 For, when we were with you, we enjoined you this, That if any one would not work, neither should he eat : 11 for we hear, that there are some among you who walk disorderly; doing nothing, but meddling busily with others : 12 now, we enjoin and exhort all such, by the Lord Jesus Christ, to work with quietness, and to eat their own bread. 13 And ye, brethren, be not weary in well-doing: 14 but, if any one obey not our word by this epistle, note that man: keep not company with him, that he may be shamed ;

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CHAPTER I.

PAL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the ordinance of God our Saviour, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope; 2 to Timothy, my true child in the faith : Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father, and from Jesus Christ our Lord ' 3. As I exhorted thee, when I was going into Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus, so now also I eachort thee; that thou shouldst charge some not to teach a different doctrine; 4 nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which serve for questions, rather than to fulfil God's dispensation of Faith. 5 But, the end of the commandment is love, out of a pure heart, and good conscience, and unfeigned faith; 6 from which, some having swerved, have turned aside to idle discoursing ;

7 wishing to be teachers of the law, but not understanding either what they say, or of what they affirm. 8 But we know that the law is good, if any one act according to the law; 9 for I know this, that the law is not directed against a just man, but against the lawless and unruly, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and profane ; against murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, against manslayers, 10 against whoremongers, defilers of themselves with men, menstealers, liars, perjurers: and whatever else is opposed to the wholesome doctrine of the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been intrusted : 11 and I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath empowered me, because he accounted me faithful when he appointed me to the ministry; 12 who before was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and

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injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it unknowingly, in unbelief: 13 and the grace of our Lord exceedingly abounded to me, with the faith and love that is in Christ Jesus. 14 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief; 15 yea, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me, first, Christ Jesus might demonstrate all his longsuffering, for an example to those who were about to believe on him to eternal life. 16 Now, to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen 17 This charge I commit to thee, son Timothy, according to the prophesyings which before went on thee; that by them thou mayest war a good warfare, 18 holding faith, and a good conscience; which last some having thrust from them, have suffered shipwreck of their faith : 19 of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

CHAPTER II.

I EXHORT, therefore, first of all, that supplications, Rom. ii.1. - - * Pet. ii. 13. prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings, be made for all men; 2 for kings, and for all that are in eminence; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and decency: 3 for, this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 who willeth that all men should be saved, and should come to the knowledge of the Truth, namely, 5 That there is only one God; Eph. iv. 3. and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself a ransom Heb. ix. Is for all; reserving the evidence for its proper time: 7 for which evidence I am ordained a preacher and apostle, (I speak the truth, I lie not,) a teacher of the Gentiles, in faith and truth. 8 I will, therefore, that the men pray, in every place of worship, lifting up holy hands, without anger and disputing: 9 so also the women, decking themselves in apparel adorned with modesty and sobriety; 10 not with braided hair, and gold, or pearls, or costly array only; but, which be

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cometh women professing godliness, with good works: 11 let a woman learn in silence, with all subjection; but I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to assume authority OVer a man, but to be in silence: 12 for, Adam was first formed, then Eve; 13 and Adam was not first deceived, but the woman being deceived, was first in transgression: 14 nevertheless, she will be saved, as all others, through her childbearing; if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with sobriety.

CHAPTER III.

This saying is true, If any one desire the office of bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop, then, must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, prudent, orderly, hospitable, able to teach ; 3 not given to wine; no striker, but gentle; no quarreller; no lover of money; 4 one who ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (for, if any one know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 not a new convert; lest, being elated with pride, he fall

into the condemnation of the accusel". 7 And he must also have a good testimony from those who are without; that he may not fall into the reproach and snare of the slanderer. 8 The deacons likewise must be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking dishonest gain: 9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience: 10 but, let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they are unaccused. 11 So likewise must the women that serve be grave; not slanderers; sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling well their children and their own households;

13 for they that have served the office of deacon well, acquire for themselves a good ground, and much boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 14 These things I write to thee, hoping to come to thee shortly; 15 but, if I should delay, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to conduct thyself in the household of God; which is the church of the Living God, 16 (the pillar and ground of

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the truth, and confessedly great, is the mystery of godliness!) 17 Who was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached to the Gentiles, was believed on in the world, was received up into glory !

CHAPTER IV.

UT, the Spirit saith expressly, That in the latter times some will depart from the faith, yielding themselves to seducing spirits, and doctrines of false gods; 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience, as it were, seared with a hot iron; 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving, by them who believe and acknowledge the truth: 4 for, every creature of God is good, and none is to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God, and by prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in mind of these things, thou wilt be a good servant of Jesus Christ, nourished by the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine, to which thou hast attained. 7 But, reject profane and old

women's tales, and exercise thyself to godliness: 8 for, bodily exercise profiteth little; but godliness is profitable to all things, having a promise of the life that now is, and of that which is about to be : 9 this saying is true, and worthy of all acceptance; 10 for this cause, therefore, we both labour and endure conflict; because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe. 11 These things enjoin and teach : 12 let no one despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, apply thyself to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine : 14 neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elderhood : 15 meditate on these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy progress in all things may be manifest: 16 attend to thyself, and to the doctrine; dwell on those things: for, in doing this thou wilt save both thyself, and them that hear thee.

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