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But God, who encourages the downcast, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus,(A)

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II. Sound Teaching

Warning Against False Doctrine. [a]I repeat the request I made of you when I was on my way to Macedonia,(A) that you stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to teach false doctrines

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  1. 1:3–7 Here Timothy’s initial task in Ephesus (cf. Acts 20:17–35) is outlined: to suppress the idle religious speculations, probably about Old Testament figures (1 Tm 1:3–4, but see note on 1 Tm 6:20–21), which do not contribute to the development of love within the community (1 Tm 1:5) but rather encourage similar useless conjectures (1 Tm 1:6–7).