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Book 61 1 Timothy
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO TIMOTHY
St. Paul write this Epistle to his BELOVED TIMOTHY, being then bishop of
1 Timothy Chapter 1
He puts Timothy in mind of his charge and blesses God for the mercy he
1:1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the commandment of
1:2. To Timothy, his beloved son in faith. Grace, mercy and peace, from
1:3. As I desired thee to remain at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia,
1:4. Not to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which furnish
1:5. Now the end of the commandment is charity from a pure heart, and a
1:6. From which things some, going astray, are turned aside unto vain
1:7. Desiring to be teachers of the law: understanding neither the
1:8. But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.
1:9. Knowing this: That the law is not made for the just man but for the
The law is not... He means, that the just man doth good, and avoideth
1:10. For fornicators, for them who defile themselves with mankind, for
1:11. Which is according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God
1:12. I give him thanks who hath strengthened me, even to Christ Jesus
1:13. Who before was a blasphemer and a persecutor and contumelious. But
1:14. Now the grace of our Lord hath abounded exceedingly with faith and
1:15. A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ
1:16. But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ
1:17. Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be
1:18. This precept, I commend to thee, O son Timothy: according to the
1:19. Having faith and a good conscience, which some rejecting have made
1:20. Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered up to
1 Timothy Chapter 2
Prayers are to be said for all men, because God wills the salvation of
2:1. I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers,
2:2. For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a
2:3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,
2:4. Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of
2:5. For there is one God: and one mediator of God and men, the man
One mediator... Christ is the one and only mediator of redemption, who
2:6. Who gave himself a redemption for all, a testimony in due times,
2:7. Whereunto I am appointed a preacher and an apostle (I say the
2:8. I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up pure
2:9. In like manner, women also in decent apparel: adorning themselves
2:10. But, as it becometh women professing godliness, with good works.
2:11. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
2:12. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the
2:13. For Adam was first formed; then Eve.
2:14. And Adam was not seduced; but the woman, being seduced, was in the
2:15. Yet she shall be saved through child bearing; if she continue in
1 Timothy Chapter 3
What sort of men are to be admitted into the clergy. The church is the
3:1. A faithful saying: If a man desire the office of a bishop, he
3:2. It behoveth therefore a bishop to be blameless, the husband of one
Of one wife.... The meaning is not that every bishop should have a wife
3:3. Not given to wine, no striker, but modest, not quarrelsome, not
3:4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in
3:5. But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take
3:6. Not a neophyte: lest, being puffed up with pride, he fall into the
A neophyte.... That is, one lately baptized, a young convert.
3:7. Moreover, he must have a good testimony of them who are without:
3:8. Deacons in like manner: chaste, not double tongued, not given to
3:9. Holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience.
3:10. And let these also first be proved: and so let them minister,
3:11. The women in like manner: chaste, not slanderers, but sober,
3:12. Let deacons be the husbands of one wife: who rule well their
3:13. For they that have ministered well shall purchase to themselves a
3:14. These things I write to thee, hoping that I shall come to thee
3:15. But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to
The pillar and ground of the truth.... Therefore the church of the
3:16. And evidently great is the mystery of godliness, which was
1 Timothy Chapter 4
He warns him against heretics, and exhorts him to the exercise of piety.
4:1. Now the Spirit manifestly saith that in the last times some shall
4:2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy and having their conscience seared,
4:3. Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats, which God hath created
Forbidding to marry, to abstain from meats.... He speaks of the
4:4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected that
4:5. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
4:6. These things proposing to the brethren, thou shalt be a good
4:7. But avoid foolish and old wives fables: and exercise thyself unto
4:8. For bodily exercise is profitable to little: but godliness is
4:9. A faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
4:10. For therefore we labour and are reviled, because we hope in the
4:11. These things command and teach:
4:12. Let no man despise thy youth: but be thou an example of the
4:13. Till I come, attend unto reading, to exhortation and to doctrine.
4:14. Neglect not the grace that is in thee, which was given thee by
4:15. Meditate upon these things, be wholly in these things: that thy
4:16. Take heed to thyself and to doctrine: be earnest in them. For in
1 Timothy Chapter 5
He gives him lessons concerning widows, and how he is to behave to his
5:1. An ancient man rebuke not, but entreat him as a father: young men,
5:2. Old women, as mothers: young women, as sisters, in all chastity.
5:3. Honour widows that are widows indeed.
5:4. But if any widow have children or grandchildren, let her learn
5:5. But she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, let her trust in God
5:6. For she that liveth in pleasures is dead while she is living.
5:7. And this give in charge, that they may be blameless.
5:8. But if any man have not care of his own and especially of those of
5:9. Let a widow be chosen of no less than threescore years of age, who
5:11. But the younger widows avoid. For when they have grown wanton in
5:12. Having damnation, because they have made void their first faith.
Their first faith.... Their vow, by which they had engaged themselves to
5:13. And withal being idle they learn to go about from house to house:
5:14. I will, therefore, that the younger should marry, bear children,
5:15. For some are already turned aside after Satan.
5:16. If any of the faithful have widows, let him minister to them, and
5:17. Let the priests that rule well be esteemed worthy of double
5:18. For the scripture saith: Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that
5:19. Against a priest receive not an accusation, but under two or three
5:20. Them that sin reprove before all that the rest also may have fear.
5:21. I charge thee, before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels,
5:22. Impose not hands lightly upon any man, neither be partaker of
5:23. Do not still drink water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's
5:24. Some men's sins are manifest, going before to judgment: and some
5:25. In like manner also good deeds are manifest: and they that are
1 Timothy Chapter 6
Duties of servants. The danger of covetousness. Lessons for the rich.
6:1. Whosoever are servants under the yoke, let them count their masters
6:2. But they that have believing masters, let them not despise them,
6:3. If any man teach otherwise and consent not to the sound words of
6:4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes
6:5. Conflicts of men corrupted in mind and who are destitute of the
6:6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
6:7. For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry
6:8. But having food and wherewith to be covered, with these we are
6:9. For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the
6:10. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some
6:11. But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice,
6:12. Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto
6:13. I charge thee before God who quickeneth all things, and before
6:14. That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the
6:15. Which in his times he shall shew, who is the Blessed and only
6:16. Who only hath immortality and inhabiteth light inaccessible: whom
6:17. Charge the rich of this world not to be highminded nor to trust in
6:18. To do good, to be rich in good work, to give easily, to
6:19. To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the
6:20. O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the
6:21. Which some promising, have erred concerning the faith. Grace be
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