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1 Timothy 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Greetings from Paul
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:1 - This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:2 - I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith.
May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.
Warnings against False Teachings
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:3 - When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:4 - Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations,[fn] which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:5 - The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:6 - But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:7 - They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:8 - We know that the law is good when used correctly.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:9 - For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:10 - The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,[fn] liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:11 - that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.
Paul’s Gratitude for God’s Mercy
(cf. Act 8:1–3; 9:1–19 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:12 - I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:13 - even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:14 - Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:15 - This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:16 - But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:17 - All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.
Timothy’s Responsibility
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:18 - Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:19 - Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 1:20 - Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.
NLT Footnotes
Greek in myths and endless genealogies, which cause speculation.
Greek a stewardship of God in faith.
Or kidnappers.

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