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The Law Is Useful When It Is Used Properly: To Correct The Ungodly

Now we know that the Law is good[a] if one is using it lawfully, knowing this: that law is not laid-down[b] for a righteous one but for lawless ones and rebellious ones, ungodly ones and sinful ones, unholy ones and profane[c] ones, father-thrashers[d] and mother-thrashers, man-slayers[e], 10 sexually-immoral ones, homosexuals[f], slave-traders[g], liars, perjurers[h], and if any other thing is contrary to healthy[i] teaching

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 1:8 That is, advantageous, useful.
  2. 1 Timothy 1:9 Or, set-in-place.
  3. 1 Timothy 1:9 Or, godless, irreligious.
  4. 1 Timothy 1:9 -thrashers. Or, -abusers, -assaulters, -killers. It depends on how extreme a violation of the fifth commandment Paul has in mind.
  5. 1 Timothy 1:9 Or, murderers.
  6. 1 Timothy 1:10 See 1 Cor 6:9.
  7. 1 Timothy 1:10 Or, man-stealers.
  8. 1 Timothy 1:10 Or, oath-breakers.
  9. 1 Timothy 1:10 Or, sound, correct.

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