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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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  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