1Timothy - Chapter 4 | American Standard Version

  • 1. But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,
  • 2. through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;
  • 3. forbidding to marry, {cf15i and commanding} to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth.
  • 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it be received with thanksgiving:
  • 5. for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
  • 6. If thou put the brethren in mind of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which thou hast followed {cf15i until now}:
  • 7. but refuse profane and old wives' fables. And exercise thyself unto godliness:
  • 8. for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.
  • 9. Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation.
  • 10. For to this end we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of them that believe.
  • 11. These things command and teach.
  • 12. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ensample to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.
  • 13. Till I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
  • 14. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
  • 15. Be diligent in these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy progress may be manifest unto all.
  • 16. Take heed to thyself, and to thy teaching. Continue in these things; for in doing this thou shalt save both thyself and them that hear thee.