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13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor, and an arrogant[a] man. But I was treated with mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and our Lord’s grace was abundant, bringing faith and love in Christ Jesus.[b] 15 This saying[c] is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them![d]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 1:13 tn Or “violent,” “cruel.”
  2. 1 Timothy 1:14 tn Grk “with faith and love in Christ Jesus.”
  3. 1 Timothy 1:15 tn Grk “the saying,” referring to the following citation (see 1 Tim 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim 2:11; Titus 3:8 for other occurrences of this phrase).
  4. 1 Timothy 1:15 tn Grk “of whom I am the first.”

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