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1 Timothy 4 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Now the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons,

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through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared.

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They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth.

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For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

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since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.

  
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If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed.

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But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness,

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This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.

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In fact, we labor and strive[fn] for this, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe.

  
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Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love,[fn] in faith, in purity.

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Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.

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