1 Timothy 4
Paul foretelleth and describeth a great apostasy to happen in the latter times. He directeth Timothy what doctrines to teach, and by what rules to regulate his conduct, so as to save both himself and his hearers.
1 NOW the Spirit aspeaketh expressly, that in the latter times bsome shall depart from the faith, giving heed to cseducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 dSpeaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience e*seared with a hot iron;
3 fForbidding to marry, gand commanding to abstain from *meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
4 hFor every *creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
5 iFor it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
6 If jthou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, kthou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of lgood doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
7 mBut refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profiteth n1little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, ohaving promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
- n: Mat. 15:8 , He. 13:9 , Col. 2:23 , Is. 1:11 - 15 , Je. 6:20 , Am. 5:21 , Am. 5:22 , 1Co. 8:8 , Mat. 6:6 , Mat. 6:7 , Mat. 7:22 , Mat. 7:23
- 1: Or, for a little time.
- o: De. 28:3 - 12 , De. 30:9 , Ps. 1:3 , Ps. 37:4 , Ps. 37:29 , Ps. 84:11 , Ps. 91:10 , Ps. 97:11 , Ps. 112:2 , Ps. 112:3 , Ps. 119:16 , Ps. 128:1 , Ps. 145:19 , Pr. 3:16 , Pr. 8:35 , Pr. 9:11 , Ec. 8:12 , Is. 3:10 , Is. 32:17 , Mat. 6:16 , Mat. 6:33 , Mat. 19:29 , Ro. 8:28 , Ro. 14:17 , 1Co. 3:22 , 1Ti. 6:6 , Re. 3:12 , Re. 3:21
9 pThis is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 qFor therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we rtrust in the living God, who is the sSaviour of all men, tspecially of those that believe.
12 vLet no man despise thy youth; but be thou an wexample of the believers, in word, in x*conversation, in *charity, in spirit, in faith, in ypurity.
13 zTill I come, give attendance to reading, to aexhortation, to bdoctrine.
14 cNeglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of dthe presbytery.
15 eMeditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; fthat thy profiting may appear 2to all.
16 gTake heed unto thyself, and unto the hdoctrine; continue in them: for in doing this ithou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.