Some Will Depart from the Faith

Now (A)the Spirit expressly says that (B)in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to (C)deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of (D)liars whose consciences are seared, (E)who forbid marriage and (F)require abstinence from foods (G)that God created (H)to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For (I)everything created by God is good, and (J)nothing is to be rejected if it is (K)received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy (L)by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

(M)If you put these things before the brothers,[a] you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have (N)followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, (O)silly myths. Rather (P)train yourself for godliness; for while (Q)bodily training is of some value, godliness (R)is of value in every way, as (S)it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is (T)trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive,[b] because we have our hope set on the living God, (U)who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach (V)these things. 12 (W)Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers (X)an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 (Y)Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you (Z)by prophecy when the council of elders (AA)laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,[c] so that (AB)all may see your progress. 16 (AC)Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save (AD)both yourself and (AE)your hearers.

Instructions for the Church

(AF)Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, (AG)younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

Honor widows (AH)who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn (AI)to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for (AJ)this is pleasing in the sight of God. She (AK)who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and (AL)continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but (AM)she who is self-indulgent is (AN)dead even while she lives. (AO)Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for (AP)members of his household, he has (AQ)denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been (AR)the wife of one husband,[d] 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has (AS)shown hospitality, (AT)has washed the feet of the saints, has (AU)cared for the afflicted, and has (AV)devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when (AW)their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also (AX)gossips and (AY)busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have (AZ)younger widows marry, bear children, (BA)manage their households, and (BB)give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 (BC)For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those (BD)who are truly widows.

17 Let the elders (BE)who rule well be considered worthy of (BF)double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, (BG)“You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, (BH)“The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except (BI)on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, (BJ)rebuke them in the presence of all, (BK)so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels (BL)I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, (BM)doing nothing from partiality. 22 (BN)Do not be hasty in the (BO)laying on of hands, nor (BP)take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but (BQ)use a little wine (BR)for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and (BS)even those that are not cannot remain hidden.


  1. 1 Timothy 4:6 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
  2. 1 Timothy 4:10 Some manuscripts and suffer reproach
  3. 1 Timothy 4:15 Greek be in them
  4. 1 Timothy 5:9 Or a woman of one man

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