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Instructions concerning Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.(A) This is right and acceptable before God our Savior,(B) who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.(C) For

there is one God;
    there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,(D)
    who gave himself a ransom for all

—this was attested at the right time.(E) For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth;[a] I am not lying), a teacher of the gentiles in faith and truth.(F)

I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument, also that the women should dress themselves in moderate clothing with reverence and self-control, not with their hair braided or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, 10 but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. 11 Let a woman[b] learn in silence with full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman[c] to teach or to have authority over a man;[d] she is to keep silent. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve,(G) 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.(H) 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing, provided they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.


  1. 2.7 Other ancient authorities add in Christ
  2. 2.11 Or wife
  3. 2.12 Or wife
  4. 2.12 Or her husband