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fore many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who 13 quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; that thou keep this commandment with- 14 out spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, ' which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Poten- 15 tate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, 16 dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.

CHARGE them that are rich in this world, that they be not high- 17 minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy: that they do good, that they be rich in 18 good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate, 'laying up in 19 store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Ó TIMOTHY, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding pro- 20 fane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called; 'which some professing, have erred concerning the faith. Grace be 21 with thee. Amen.



PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to 1 the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, ' to Timothy, my dearly be- 2 loved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ

Jesus our Lord.

Paul's affection for Timothy, and exhortation to con

I THANK God, whom I serve from my forefathers 3 with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have restancy. membrance of thee in my prayers night and day, 'greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may 4 be filled with joy; when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that 5 is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put 6 thee in remembrance, that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit 7 of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou & therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, 'who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, 9 not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 'but 10 is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an 11 apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles: for the which cause I also suffer 12 these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound 13 words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus; that good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the 14


Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. This thou knowest, that all they 15 which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiph- 16 orus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain, 'but, 17 when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that 18 day and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

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THOU therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that 2 is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard 2 of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure 3 hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth en- 4 tangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider 7 what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. Re- 8 member that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead, according to my gospel; wherein I suffer trouble; as an evil. 9 doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore 10 I endure all things for the elect's sake, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful 11 saying; for if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we 12 suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny


if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. 13 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the 14 Lord that they strive not about words, to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman 15 that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more 16 ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is 17 Hymeneus and Philetus, 'who concerning the truth have erred, saying, 18 that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, 19 "The Lord knoweth them that are his ;" and, "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." But in a great house 20 there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man therefore 21 purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, 22 with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and 23 unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And 24 the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient; in meekness instructing those that oppose them- 25 selves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the 26 snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.


THIS know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, 2 blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,' without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 'traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of 4 pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but de- 5 nying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are


they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 'ever learning and never able to come 7 to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood 8 Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their 9 folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast 10 fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience, 'persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at 11 Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in 12 Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall 13 wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue 14 thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them, and that from a child thou 15 hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given 16 by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may 17 be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee 4 therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the 2 word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come, when 3 they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers; having itching ears; and they shall turn 4 away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But 5 watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. For I am now ready to be offered, 6 and the time of my departure is at hand: I have fought a good fight, I7 have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid 8 up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

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He calls Timothy 'Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me, 'for Demas 9 has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. 'Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he 11 is profitable to me for the ministry. And Tychicus have I sent to 12 Ephesus. The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, 13 bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. Alex- 14 ander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works. Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly 15 withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, 16 but all men forsook me: (I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge!) notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me, and strengthened 17 me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion: and the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve 18 me unto his heavenly kingdom; to whom be glory for ever and ever! Amen.

SALUTE Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 19 Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick. 20 Do thy diligence, to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and 21 Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus 22 Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.



PAUL, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, (according 1 to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness, ' in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, 2 promised before the world began,' but hath in due times manifested 3 his word, through preaching which is committed unto me, according to the commandment of God our Saviour:) to Titus, mine own son after 4 the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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FOR this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou 5 Titus as an Evan- shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and gelist. ordain Elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: if any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly. For a Bishop must be blameless, as the 7 steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of 8 good men, sober, just, holy, temperate, ' holding fast the faithful word 9 as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and 10 vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision, whose 11 mouths must be stopped; who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even 12 a prophet of their own, said, 'The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, 'slow bellies.' 'This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, 13 that they may be sound in the faith, 'not giving heed to Jewish fables, 14 and commandments of men that turn from the truth. Unto the pure 15 all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They 16 profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

BUT speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 'that the 2 aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience; the aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh 3 holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their 4 husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at 5 home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. 'Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded. 'In 6,7 all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, 'sound speech that cannot be con- 8 demned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their 9 own masters, and to please them well in all things, not answering again, not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the 10 doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the grace of God that 11 bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, ' teaching us, that denying 12 ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and

godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the 13 glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and 14 purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These 15 things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

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PUT them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey 3 magistrates, to be ready to every good work, ' to speak evil of no man, 2 to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. For 3 we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our 4 Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which 5 we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that being justified 7 by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying; and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and 9 strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man 10 that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; know. 11 ing that he that is such, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

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WHEN I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, 12 Nicopolis. be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on 13 their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. And let 14 ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

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Grace be with you all. Amen.

Paul's intercession for Onesimus.



PAUL, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our 1 brother; unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow. laborer, and to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, 2 and to the church in thy house: Grace to you, and peace, from God 3 our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making men- 4 tion of thee always in my prayers; hearing of thy love and faith, which 5 thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; that the com. 6 munication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great 7 joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, Brother. Wherefore, though I might be much bold 8 in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, yet for love's sake I 9 rather beseech thee, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ: I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom 10 I have begotten in my bonds: which in time past was to thee un- 11

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