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1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command b of God our Savior c and of Christ Jesus our hope: d

To Timothy, e my true son in the faith.

Grace, mercy, and peace from God the f Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

False Doctrine and Misuse of the Law

As I urged you when I went to Macedonia, g remain in Ephesus h so that you may instruct certain people i not to teach different doctrine or to pay attention to myths j and endless genealogies. These promote empty speculations rather than God’s plan, k which operates by faith. Now the goal of our instruction is love l that comes from a pure heart, m a good conscience, n and a sincere faith. o Some have deviated from these and turned aside to fruitless discussion. They want to be teachers of the law, although they don’t understand what they are saying or what they are insisting on. But we know that the law is good, p provided one uses it legitimately. We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, q for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral r and homosexuals, s for kidnappers, t liars, u perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching v 11 based on the glorious gospel w of the blessed God, x which was entrusted to me. y

Paul’s Testimony

12 I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened z me, because He considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry— 13 one who was formerly a blasphemer, a a persecutor, b and an arrogant man. c 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 trustworthy d and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world e to save sinners” f—and I am the worst of them. g 16 But I received mercy h for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience i as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life. j 17 Now to the King k eternal, l immortal, m invisible, the only n God, o be honor p and glory q forever and ever. * Amen. r

Engage in Battle

18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies s previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage in battle, 19 having faith t and a good conscience. u Some v have rejected these and have suffered the shipwreck of their faith. 20 Hymenaeus w and Alexander x are among them, and I have delivered them to Satan, y so that they may be taught not to blaspheme.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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