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1 Timothy 4

Some Will Depart from the Faith

1Now + the Spirit expressly says that + in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to + deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2through the insincerity of + liars whose consciences are seared, 3+ who forbid marriage and + require abstinence from foods + that God created + to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4For + everything created by God is good, and + nothing is to be rejected if it is + received with thanksgiving, 5for it is made holy + by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

6+ If you put these things before the brothers,+ you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have + followed. 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, + silly myths. Rather + train yourself for godliness; 8for while + bodily training is of some value, godliness + is of value in every way, as + it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9The saying is + trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and strive,+ because we have our hope set on the living God, + who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11Command and teach + these things. 12+ Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers + an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14+ Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you + by prophecy when the council of elders + laid their hands on you. 15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,+ so that + all may see your progress. 16+ Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save + both yourself and + your hearers.

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