Warning Against Apostasy

11 About this we have much to say, and it is (A)hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again (B)the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need (C)milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is (D)a child. 14 But solid food is for (E)the mature, for those who have their powers (F)of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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11 And (A)he gave the (B)apostles, the prophets, the (C)evangelists, the (D)shepherds[a] and teachers,[b] 12 (E)to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for (F)building up (G)the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to (H)the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, (I)to mature manhood,[c] to the measure of the stature of (J)the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, (K)tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in (L)deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, (M)speaking the truth in love, we are to (N)grow up in every way into him who is (O)the head, into Christ, 16 (P)from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, (Q)when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 4:11 Or pastors
  2. Ephesians 4:11 Or the shepherd-teachers
  3. Ephesians 4:13 Greek to a full-grown man

14 But as for you, (A)continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it 15 and how (B)from childhood you have been acquainted with (C)the sacred writings, (D)which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 (E)All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that (F)the man of God[b] may be complete, (G)equipped (H)for every good work.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Timothy 3:14 The Greek for whom is plural
  2. 2 Timothy 3:17 That is, a messenger of God (the phrase echoes a common Old Testament expression)

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