The Book of 1 Timothy
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our
Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope;
2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and
peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I
went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no
4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies,
which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure
heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding
neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous
man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners,
for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with
mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be
any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God,
which was committed to my trust.
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,
for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and
injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of
whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me
first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to
them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the
only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according
to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest
war a good warfare;
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having
put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have
delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications,
prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in
7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I
speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in
faith and verity.
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up
holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in
modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair,
or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp
authority over the man, but to be in silence.
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived
was in the transgression.
15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if
they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a
bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one
wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy
lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children
in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how
shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall
into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are
without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued,
not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use
the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers,
sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling
their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well
purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith
which is in Christ Jesus.
14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou
oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the
living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of
angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up
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
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
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,
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
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
1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and
the younger men as brethren;
2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with
3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.
4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them
learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that
is good and acceptable before God.
5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth
in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she
7 And these things give in charge, that they may be
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for
those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an
9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under
threescore years old, having been the wife of one man.
10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up
children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints'
feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed
every good work.
11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun
to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from
house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies,
speaking things which they ought not.
14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear
children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak
15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let
them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve
them that are widows indeed.
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of
double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox
that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before
two or three witnesses.
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may
21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring
one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of
other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy
stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to
judgment; and some men they follow after.
25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest
beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their
own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be
2 And they that have believing masters, let them not
despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service,
because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These
things teach and exhort.
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome
words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which
is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions
and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and
destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is
certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a
snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in
destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which
while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow
after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal
life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession
before many witnesses.
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth
all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot,
unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed
and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which
no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be
honour and power everlasting. Amen.
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be
not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who
giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works,
ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation
against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so
21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.
Grace be with thee. Amen.