1 Timothy 1 New American Standard Bible


1 1  Paul , an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior , and of Christ Jesus , who is our hope , 2  To Timothy , my true child in the faith : Grace , mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord .

Warning against False Doctrine

3  As I urged you [1]upon my departure for Macedonia , [2]remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines , 4  nor to [3]pay attention to myths and endless genealogies , which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering [4]the administration of God which is by faith .

5  But the goal of our [5] instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith . 6  For some men , straying from these things , have turned aside to fruitless discussion , 7  wanting to be teachers of the Law , even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions . 8  But we know that the Law is good , if one uses it lawfully , 9  realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person , but for those who are lawless and rebellious , for the ungodly and sinners , for the unholy and profane , for those who kill e their fathers or mothers , for murderers 10  [6]and [7] immoral men [6]and homosexuals [6]and kidnappers [6]and liars [6]and perjurers , and whatever e else is contrary to sound teaching , 11  according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God , with which I have been entrusted .

Paul's Thankfulness for Mercy

12  I thank Christ Jesus our Lord , who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful , putting me into service , 13  even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor . Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief ; 14  and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant , with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus . 15  It is a trustworthy statement , deserving full acceptance , that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners , among whom I am foremost of all. 16  Yet for this reason I found mercy , so that in me as the foremost , Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those [12]who would believe in Him for eternal life . 17  Now to the King [13]eternal , immortal , invisible , the only God , be honor and glory [14]forever and ever . Amen .

18  This command I entrust to you, Timothy , my [15]son , in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight , 19  keeping faith and a good conscience , which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to [16] their faith . 20  [17]Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander , whom I have handed over to Satan , so that they will be taught not to blaspheme .


[1] 1:3 Lit "while going to"

[2] 1:3 Lit "to remain"

[3] 1:4 Or "occupy themselves with"

[4] 1:4 Lit "God's provision"

[5] 1:5 Lit "commandment"

[6] 1:10 Lit "for"

[7] 1:10 Or "fornicators"

[8] 1:10 Lit "for"

[9] 1:10 Lit "for"

[10] 1:10 Lit "for"

[11] 1:10 Lit "for"

[12] 1:16 Or "destined to"

[13] 1:17 Lit "of the ages"

[14] 1:17 Lit "to the ages of the ages"

[15] 1:18 Or "child"

[16] 1:19 Lit "the"

[17] 1:20 Lit "Of"

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