2 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,2 for kings and all who are in [a]authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and [b]dignity.3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the [c]knowledge of the truth.5 For there is one God, andone mediator also between God and men, theman Christ Jesus,6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony [d]given at [e]the proper time.7 For this I was appointed a [f]preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
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