2 First, I want all of you to pray for everyone. Ask God to bless them. Give thanks for them.
2Pray for kings. Pray for all who are in authority. Pray that we will live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy.
3That is good. It pleases God our Savior. 4He wants everyone to be saved. He wants them to come to know the truth.
5There is only one God. And there is only one go-between for God and human beings. He is the man Christ Jesus. 6He gave himself to pay for the sins of everyone. That was a witness given by God at just the right time.
7I was appointed to be a messenger and an apostle to preach the good news. I am telling the truth. I’m not lying. God appointed me to be a teacher of the true faith to those who aren’t Jews.
8I want men everywhere to pray. I want them to lift up holy hands. I don’t want them to be angry when they pray. I don’t want them to argue.
9I also want women to dress simply. They should wear clothes that are right and proper. They shouldn’t braid their hair. They shouldn’t wear gold or pearls. They shouldn’t spend too much on clothes. 10Instead, they should put on good works as if they were their clothes. That is proper for women who claim to worship God.
11When a woman is learning, she should be quiet. She should follow the leaders in every way. 12I do not let women teach. I do not let them have authority over men. They must be quiet.
13Adam was made first. Then Eve was made. 14Adam was not the one who was tricked. The woman was tricked and became a sinner. 15Will women be saved by having children? Only if they keep on believing, loving, and leading a holy life in a proper way.
About New International Reader’s Version (1998)
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