The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Timothy

1:1Paul, an apostle of JesusChrist by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ,which is our hope; 1:2Unto Timothy, my own son inthe faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and JesusChrist our Lord.

1:3As I besought thee toabide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightestcharge some that they teach no other doctrine, 1:4Neither give heed to fables andendless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifyingwhich is in faith: so do. 1:5Now the end of the commandment ischarity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, andof faith unfeigned: 1:6From which some having swervedhave turned aside unto vain jangling; 1:7Desiring to be teachers of thelaw; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1:8But we know that the law isgood, if a man use it lawfully; 1:9Knowing this, that the law is notmade for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for theungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathersand murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1:10For whoremongers, for them thatdefile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjuredpersons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sounddoctrine; 1:11According tothe glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 1:12And I thank Christ Jesusour Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting meinto the ministry; 1:13Whowas before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtainedmercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1:14And the grace of our Lord wasexceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1:15This is a faithful saying,and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world tosave sinners; of whom I am chief. 1:16Howbeit for this cause I obtainedmercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering,for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to lifeeverlasting. 1:17Now unto theKing eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour andglory for ever and ever. Amen. 1:18This charge I commit unto thee,son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, thatthou by them mightest war a good warfare; 1:19Holding faith, and a goodconscience; which some having put away concerning faith have madeshipwreck: 1:20Of whom isHymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they maylearn not to blaspheme.

2:1I exhort therefore,that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, andgiving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2For kings, and for all thatare in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in allgodliness and honesty. 2:3Forthis is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 2:4Who will have all men tobe saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 2:5For there is one God, andone mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6Who gave himself a ransom for all,to be testified in due time. 2:7Whereunto I am ordained apreacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lienot;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 2:8I will therefore that men prayevery where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 2:9In like manner also, that womenadorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; notwith broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 2:10But (which becometh womenprofessing godliness) with good works. 2:11Let the woman learn in silencewith all subjection. 2:12ButI suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but tobe in silence. 2:13For Adamwas first formed, then Eve. 2:14And Adam was not deceived, butthe woman being deceived was in the transgression. 2:15Notwithstanding she shall besaved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holinesswith sobriety.

3:1This is a truesaying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 3:2A bishop then must beblameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour,given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3:3Not given to wine, no striker, notgreedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 3:4One that ruleth well his ownhouse, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 3:5(For if a man know not how to rulehis own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 3:6Not a novice, lest being lifted upwith pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 3:7Moreover he must have a goodreport of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snareof the devil. 3:8Likewisemust the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given tomuch wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 3:9Holding the mystery of the faithin a pure conscience. 3:10Andlet these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon,being found blameless. 3:11Even so must their wivesbe grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 3:12Let the deacons be the husbandsof one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 3:13For they that have used theoffice of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and greatboldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:14These things write I unto thee,hoping to come unto thee shortly: 3:15But if I tarry long, that thoumayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, whichis the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 3:16And without controversygreat 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.

4:1Now the Spirit speakethexpressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 4:2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; havingtheir conscience seared with a hot iron; 4:3Forbidding to marry, andcommanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to bereceived with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4:4For every creature of Godis good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received withthanksgiving: 4:5For it issanctified by the word of God and prayer. 4:6If thou put the brethren inremembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of JesusChrist, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereuntothou hast attained. 4:7Butrefuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself ratherunto godliness. 4:8For bodilyexercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things,having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 4:9This is a faithfulsaying and worthy of all acceptation. 4:10For therefore we both labour andsuffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour ofall men, specially of those that believe.

4:11These things commandand teach. 4:12Let no mandespise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, inconversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 4:13Till I come, give attendance toreading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 4:14Neglect not the gift that is inthee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands ofthe presbytery. 4:15Meditateupon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting mayappear to all. 4:16Take heedunto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing thisthou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

5:1Rebuke not an elder,but intreat him as a father; and the younger men asbrethren; 5:2The elder womenas mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 5:3Honour widows that are widowsindeed. 5:4But if any widowhave children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, andto requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5:5Now she that is a widowindeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications andprayers night and day. 5:6Butshe that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 5:7And these things give in charge,that they may be blameless. 5:8But if any provide not for hisown, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith,and is worse than an infidel. 5:9Let not a widow be taken into thenumber under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, 5:10Well reported of for goodworks; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, ifshe have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, ifshe have diligently followed every good work. 5:11But the younger widows refuse:for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 5:12Having damnation, becausethey have cast off their first faith. 5:13And withal they learn tobe idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, buttattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 5:14I will therefore that theyounger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion tothe adversary to speak reproachfully. 5:15For some are already turned asideafter Satan. 5:16If any manor woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let notthe church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed. 5:17Let the elders that rulewell be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in theword and doctrine. 5:18Forthe scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out thecorn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 5:19Against an elderreceive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 5:20Them that sin rebuke before all,that others also may fear. 5:21I charge thee before God,and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe thesethings without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 5:22Lay hands suddenly on noman, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure. 5:23Drink no longer water, but use alittle wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. 5:24Some men’s sins are openbeforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they followafter. 5:25Likewise also thegood works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that areotherwise cannot be hid.

6:1Let as many servants asare under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that thename of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 6:2And they that have believingmasters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; butrather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved,partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

6:3If any man teachotherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words ofour Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according togodliness; 6:4He is proud,knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereofcometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5Perverse disputings of men ofcorrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain isgodliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6:6But godliness with contentment isgreat gain. 6:7For we broughtnothing into this world, and it is certain we can carrynothing out. 6:8And havingfood and raiment let us be therewith content. 6:9But they that will be rich fallinto temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtfullusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10For the love of money is the rootof all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from thefaith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 6:11But thou, O man of God, fleethese things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love,patience, meekness. 6:12Fightthe good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art alsocalled, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 6:13I give thee charge in thesight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus,who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 6:14That thou keep thiscommandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our LordJesus Christ: 6:15Which inhis times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, theKing of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16Who only hath immortality,dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hathseen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 6:17Charge them that are richin 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; 6:18That they do good, that they berich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 6:19Laying up in store for themselvesa good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold oneternal life. 6:20O Timothy,keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane andvain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 6:21Which some professing have erredconcerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. Authorized King James Version, originally published by Oxford Press, Oxford, 1769