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1 Timothy 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Some Will Depart from the Faith

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:1 - 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,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:2 - through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:3 - who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:4 - For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:5 - for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:6 - If you put these things before the brothers,[fn] 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:7 - Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:9 - The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:10 - For to this end we toil and strive,[fn] because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:11 - Command and teach these things.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:12 - Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:13 - Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:14 - Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:15 - Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,[fn] so that all may see your progress.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 4:16 - 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.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
Some manuscripts and suffer reproach
Greek be in them

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