12 I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthenedx me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry—13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer,y a persecutor,z and an arrogant man.aa But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 This saying is trustworthyab and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the worldac to save sinners”ad—and I am the worst of them.ae 16 But I received mercyaf for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate his extraordinary patienceag as an example to those who would believe in him for eternal life.ah 17 Now to the Kingai eternal,aj immortal,ak invisible, the onlyC God,al be honoram and gloryan forever and ever. Amen.ao
18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the propheciesap previously made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the good fight, 19 having faithaq and a good conscience.ar Someas have rejected these and have shipwrecked their faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeusat and Alexander,au whom I have delivered to Satan,av so that they may be taught not to blaspheme.
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