1 Timothy 4

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  • 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
  • 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
  • 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
  • 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
  • 5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
  • 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
  • 7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
  • 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
  • 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
  • 10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
  • 11 These things command and teach.
  • 12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
  • 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
  • 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
  • 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
  • 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

(King James Version, Pure Cambridge Edition 1900)

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