3 Finally, pray for us, brothers and sisters, 1 that the Lord’s message 2 may spread quickly and be honored 3 as in fact it was among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil people. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he 4 will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 And we are confident about you in the Lord that you are both doing – and will do – what we are commanding. 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God 5 and the endurance of Christ. 6
6 But we command you, brothers and sisters, 7 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who lives an undisciplined 8 life 9 and not according to the tradition they 10 received from us. 7 For you know yourselves how you must imitate us, because we did not behave without discipline 11 among you, 8 and we did not eat anyone’s food without paying. 12 Instead, in toil and drudgery we worked 13 night and day in order not to burden any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give ourselves as an example for you to imitate. 14 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command: “If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat.” 11 For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, 15 not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others. 16 12 Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat. 17 13 But you, brothers and sisters, 18 do not grow weary in doing what is right. 14 But if anyone does not obey our message through this letter, take note of him and do not associate closely with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 19
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all. 17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, which is how I write in every letter. 20 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 21
1 From Paul, 1 an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior 2 and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 to Timothy, my genuine child in the faith. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord!
3 As I urged you when I was leaving for Macedonia, stay on in Ephesus 3 to instruct 4 certain people not to spread false teachings, 5 4 nor to occupy themselves with myths and interminable genealogies. 6 Such things promote useless speculations rather than God’s redemptive plan 7 that operates by faith. 5 But the aim of our instruction 8 is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 9 6 Some have strayed from these and turned away to empty discussion. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not understand what they are saying or the things they insist on so confidently. 10
8 But we know that the law is good if someone uses it legitimately, 9 realizing that law 11 is not intended for a righteous person, but for lawless and rebellious people, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 sexually immoral people, practicing homosexuals, 12 kidnappers, liars, perjurers – in fact, for any who live contrary to sound teaching. 11 This 13 accords with the glorious gospel of the blessed God 14 that was entrusted to me. 15
12 I am grateful to the one who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me faithful in putting me into ministry, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor, and an arrogant 16 man. But I was treated with mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and our Lord’s grace was abundant, bringing faith and love in Christ Jesus. 17 15 This saying 18 is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them! 19 16 But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that 20 in me as the worst, 21 Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. 17 Now to the eternal king, 22 immortal, invisible, the only 23 God, be honor and glory forever and ever! 24 Amen.
18 I put this charge 25 before you, Timothy my child, in keeping with the prophecies once spoken about you, 26 in order that with such encouragement 27 you may fight the good fight. 19 To do this 28 you must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck in regard to the faith. 20 Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I handed over to Satan 29 to be taught not to blaspheme.
2 First of all, then, I urge that requests, 1 prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2 2 even for kings 3 and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 Such prayer for all 4 is good and welcomed before God our Savior, 4 since he wants 5 all people 6 to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one intermediary 7 between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, 8 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time. 9 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle – I am telling the truth; 10 I am not lying – and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 So I want the men 11 to pray 12 in every place, lifting up holy hands 13 without anger or dispute.
9 Likewise 14 the women are to dress 15 in suitable apparel, with modesty and self-control. 16 Their adornment must not be 17 with braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive clothing, 10 but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. 11 A woman must learn 18 quietly with all submissiveness. 12 But I do not allow 19 a woman to teach or exercise authority 20 over a man. She must remain quiet. 21 13 For Adam was formed first and then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, because she was fully deceived, 22 fell into transgression. 23 15 But she will be delivered through childbearing, 24 if she 25 continues in faith and love and holiness with self-control.