Paul’s 1st Epistle to

Chapter One
  1. PAUL, an apostle of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ by com­mand­ment of ⟨God⟩ our Saviour, and ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ which is our hope;
  2. Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from ⟨God⟩ our Father and ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ our ⟨Lord⟩.
  3. As I besought thee to abide still at Eph′-e-sus, when I went into Mac-e-do′-ni-a, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
  4. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
  5. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
  6. From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
  7. Desiring to be teachers of the law; under­standing neither what they say, nor where­of they affirm.
  8. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
  9. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a right­eous man, but for the lawl­ess and dis­o­be­di­ent, for the un­godly and for sinners, for un­holy and pro­fane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
  10. For whoremongers, for them that defile them­selves with man­kind, for men­stealers, for liars, for per­jured per­sons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
  11. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed ⟨God⟩, which was committed to my trust.
  12. And I thank ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ our ⟨Lord⟩, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faith­ful, put­ting me into the ministry;
  13. Who was before a blasphemer, and a per­se­cu­tor, and in­juri­ous: but I ob­tained mer­cy, be­cause I did it ig­nor­antly in unbelief.
  14. And the grace of our ⟨Lord⟩ was ex­ceed­ing abun­dant with faith and love which is in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩
  15. This is a faithful saying, and wor­thy of all accep­ta­tion, that ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ came into the world to save sin­ners; of whom I am chief.
  16. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ might shew forth all long­suf­fer­ing, for a pat­tern to them which should here­after be­lieve on him to life everlasting.
  17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise ⟨God⟩, be honour and glory for ever and ever. A-men′.
  18. This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, ac­cord­ing to the pro­phe­cies which went before on thee, that thou by them might­est war a good warfare;
  19. Holding faith, and a good con­science; which some hav­ing put away con­cern­ing faith have made shipwreck:
  20. Of whom is Hy-me-mæ′-us and Alexander; whom I have de­liv­ered unto Satan, they they may learn not to blaspheme.
Chapter Two
  1. I EXHORT therefore, that, first of all, suppli­cations, prayers, inter­cessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
  2. For kings, and for all that are in au­thor­ity; they we may lead a quiet and peace­able life in all god­li­ness and honesty.
  3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of ⟨God⟩ our Saviour;
  4. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowl­edge of the truth.
  5. For there is one ⟨God⟩, and one mediator between ⟨God⟩ and men, the man ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩;
  6. Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testi­fied in due time.
  7. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in ⟨Christ⟩, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
  8. I will therefore that men pray every where, lift­ing up holy hands, with­out wrath and doubting.
  9. In like manner also, that women adorn them­selves in mod­est ap­par­el, with shame­faced­ness and sob riety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.
  10. But (which becometh women pro­fess­ing god­li­ness) with good works.
  11. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
  12. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp au­thor­ity over the man, but to be in silence.
  13. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
  14. And Adam was not deceived, but the wo­man being de­ceived was in the transgression.
  15. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in child­bear­ing, if they con­tinue in faith and charity and holi­ness with sobriety.
Chapter Three
  1. THIS is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
  2. A bishop then must be blame­less, the hus­band of one wife, vig­i­lant, sober, of good be­hav­iour, given to hos­pi­ta­lity, apt to teach;
  3. Not given to wind, no striker, not greedy of fil­thy lu­cre; but pa­tient, not a brawl­er, not covetous;
  4. One that ruleth well his own house, hav­ing his chil­dren in sub­jec­tion with all gravity;
  5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of ⟨God⟩?)
  6. Not a novice, lest be­ing lifted up with pride he fall into the con­dem­na­tion of the devil.
  7. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are with­out; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
  8. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double­tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre.
  9. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
  10. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
  11. Even so must their wives be grave, not slan­der­ers, sober, faith­ful in all things.
  12. Let the deacons be the hus­bands of one wife, ruling their chil­dren and their own houses well.
  13. For they that have used the office of a deacon well pur­chase to them­selves a good de­gree, and in great bold­ness in the faith which is in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  14. These things write I unto thee, hop ing to come unto thee shortly:
  15. Bit if I tarry long, that thou mayest know h ow thou ought­est to be­have thy­self in the house of ⟨God⟩, the pillar and ground of the truth.
  16. And without controversy great is the mys­tery of god­li­ness: ⟨God⟩ was mani­fest in the flesh, justi­fied in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, be­lieved on in the world, re­ceived up into glory.
Chapter Four
  1. NOW the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the lat­ter times some shall de­part from the faith, giv­ing heed to se­duc­ing spirits, and doc­trines of devils;
  2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; hav­ing their con­science seared with a hot iron;
  3. Forbidding to marry, and com­mand­ing to ab­stain from meats, which ⟨God⟩ hath created to be re­ceived with thanks­giving of them which be­lieve and know the truth.
  4. For every creature of ⟨God⟩ is good, and noth­ing to be re­fused, if it be re­ceived with thanksgiving:
  5. Fot it is sanc­ti­fied by the word of ⟨God⟩ and prayer.
  6. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good min­is­ter of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, nour­ished up in the words of faith and of good doc­trine, where­unto thou hast attained.
  1. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exer­cise thy­self rather unto godliness.
  2. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but god­li­ness is profit­able unto all things, hav­ing prom­ise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
  3. This is a faith­ful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
  4. For therefore we both labour and suf­fer re­proach, be­cause we trust in the liv­ing ⟨God⟩, who is the Saviour of all men, spe­cially of those that believe.
  5. These things command and teach.
  6. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ex­am­ple of the be­liev­ers, in word, in con­ver­sa­tion, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  7. Till I come, give attendance to read­ing, to ex­hor­ta­tion, to doctrine.
  8. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by pro­phecy, with the lay­ing on of the hands of the presbytery.
  9. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profit­ing may appear to all.
  10. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thy­self, and them that hear thee.
Chapter Five
  1. REBUKE not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
  2. The elder women as mothers; the younger as sis­ters, with all purity.
  3. Honour widows that are widows indeed.
  4. But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to re­quite their parents: for that is good and ac­cept­able before ⟨God⟩.
  5. Now she that is a widow indeed, and des­o­late, trust­eth in ⟨God⟩, and con­tin­ueth in sup­pli­ca­tions and pray­ers night and day.
  6. But she that liveth in pleas­ure is dead while she liveth.
  7. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
  8. But if any provide not for his own, and spe­cially for those of his own house, he hath de­nied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
  9. Let not a widow be taken into the num­ber under three­score years old, hav­ing been the wife of one man,
  10. Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up chil­dren, if she have lodged strang­ers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have re­lieved the af­flict­ed, if she have dili­gently fol­lowed every good work.
  11. But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against ⟨Christ⟩, they will marry;
  12. Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
  13. And withal they learn to be idle, wan­der­ing about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers and busy­bodies, speak­ing things which they ought not.
  14. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear child­ren, guide the house, give none oc­ca­sion to the ad­ver­sary to speak reproachfully.
  15. For some are already turned aside after Satan.
  16. If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them re­lieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may re­lieve them that are widows indeed.
  17. Let the elders that rule well be counted wor­thy of dou­ble hon­our, es­pe­cially they who la­bour in the word and doctrine,
  18. For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that tread­eth out the corn. And, The la­bour­er is worthy of his reward.
  19. Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
  20. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
  21. I charge thee before ⟨God⟩, and the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, and the elect angels, that thou ob­serve these things without prefer­ring one before an­other, do­ing noth­ing by partiality.
  22. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
  23. Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stom­ach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
  24. Some men’s sins are open be­fore­hand, going be­fore to judg­ment; and some men they follow after.
  25. Likewise also the good works of some are man­i­fest be­fore­hand; and they that are other­wise can­not be hid.
Chapter Six
  1. LET as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of ⟨God⟩ and his doc­trine be not blasphemed.
  2. And they that have believing masters, let them not de­spise them, be­cause they are breth­ren; but rather do them service, be­cause they are faith­ful and be­loved, par­takers of the ben­e­fit. These things teach and exhort.
  3. If any man teach otherwise, and con­sent not to whole­some words, even the words of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, and to the doc­trine which is ac­cord­ing to godliness;
  4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but dot­ing about ques­tions and strifes of words, where­of com­eth envy, strife, rail­ings, evil surmising,
  5. Perverse disputings of men of cor­rupt minds, and des­ti­tute of the truth, sup­pos­ing that gain is god­liness: from such with­draw thyself.
  6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
  7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is cer­tain we can carry nothing out.
  8. And having food and raiment let us be there­with content.
  9. But they that will be rich fall into temp­ta­tion and a snare, and into many fool­ish and hurt­ful lusts, which drown men in de­struc­tion and perdition.
  10. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some covet­ed after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced them­selves through with many sorrows.
  11. But thou, O man of ⟨God⟩, flee these things; and fol­low after righ­teous­ness, god­liness, faith, love, patience, meek­ness.
  12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where­unto thou art also called, and hast pro­fessed a good pro­fession be­fore many witnesses.
  13. I give thee charge in the sight of ⟨God⟩, who quick­en­eth all things, and before ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩, who before Pon′-tius Pilate wit­nessed a good confession;
  14. That thou keep this com­mand­ment without spot, un­re­buke­able, un­til the ap­pear­ing of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩:
  15. Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Po­ten­tate, the King of kings, and ⟨Lord⟩ of lords;
  16. Who only hath immortality, dwell­ing in the light, which no man can ap­proach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be hon­our and power everlasting. A-men′.
  17. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high­mind­ed, nor trust in un­cer­tain riches, but in the liv­ing ⟨God⟩, who giv­eth us rich­ly all things to enjoy;
  18. That they do good, that they be rich in good works, willing to dis­trib­ute, willing to communicate;
  19. Laying up in store for them­selves a good foun­da­tion against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
  20. O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoid­ing pro­fane and vain bab­blings, and op­po­si­tions of science falsely so called.
  21. Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. A-men′.
Line upon line, precept upon precept”…
for knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail,
but understanding remains (if gained from the former).