1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
2 To Timothy, a atrue son in the faith:
bGrace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3 As I urged you cwhen I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may 1charge some dthat they teach no other doctrine, 4 enor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith. 5 Now fthe purpose of the commandment is love gfrom a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from 2sincere faith, 6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to hidle talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is igood if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is 3contrary to sound doctrine, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the jblessed God which was kcommitted to my trust.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has lenabled me, mbecause He counted me faithful, nputting me into the ministry, 13 although oI was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an 4insolent man; but I obtained mercy because pI did it ignorantly in unbelief.