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13 In the past I was a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a violent[a] man. But I received mercy because I acted ignorantly in my unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed toward me,[b] along with the faith and love that are in the Messiah[c] Jesus. 15 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves complete acceptance:[d]

To this world Messiah[e] came,
    sinful people to reclaim.[f]

I am the worst of them.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 1:13 Or an arrogant
  2. 1 Timothy 1:14 The Gk. lacks toward me
  3. 1 Timothy 1:14 Or Christ
  4. 1 Timothy 1:15 This formula accompanied early Christian sayings on which full reliance could be placed.
  5. 1 Timothy 1:15 Or Christ; lit. Messiah Jesus
  6. 1 Timothy 1:15 Or save

13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor(A) and a violent man, I was shown mercy(B) because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.(C) 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly,(D) along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.(E)

15 Here is a trustworthy saying(F) that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners(G)—of whom I am the worst.

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