1Timothy - Chapter 4 | English Standard Version

  • 1. Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
  • 2. through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
  • 3. who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
  • 4. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
  • 5. for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
  • 6. If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
  • 7. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
  • 8. for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
  • 9. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
  • 10. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
  • 11. Command and teach these things.
  • 12. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
  • 13. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
  • 14. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
  • 15. Practice these things, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.
  • 16. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.