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[a]We know that the law is good, provided that one uses it as law,(A) with the understanding that law is meant not for a righteous person but for the lawless and unruly, the godless and sinful, the unholy and profane, those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, 10 the unchaste, sodomites,[b] kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is opposed to sound teaching,(B)

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  1. 1:8–11 Those responsible for the speculations that are to be suppressed by Timothy do not present the Old Testament from the Christian viewpoint. The Christian values the Old Testament not as a system of law but as the first stage in God’s revelation of his saving plan, which is brought to fulfillment in the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. 1:10 Sodomites: see 1 Cor 6:9 and the note there.

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