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1 TIMOTHY 4:1-16

1. Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2. through 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. 4. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5. for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 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. 7. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8. for 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. 9. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10. For 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. 11. Command 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. 13. Until 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. 15. Practice 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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1 TIMOTHY 3:1-16

1. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3. not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5. for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6. He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. 8. Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 14. I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15. if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16. Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

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1 TIMOTHY 2:1-15

1. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2. for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4. who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6. who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9. likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10. but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11. Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14. and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.

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1 TIMOTHY 1:1-20

1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2. To Timothy, my true 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 going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4. nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. 5. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7. desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 8. Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9. understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10. the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11. in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 12. I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13. though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14. and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17. To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 18. This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19. holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20. among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

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COLOSSIANS 4:1-18

1. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 2. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4. that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. 7. Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9. and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. 10. Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11. and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13. For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14. Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15. Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16. And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17. And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.” 18. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

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COLOSSIANS 3:1-25

1. If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10. and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13. bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18. Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22. Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24. knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

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COLOSSIANS 2:1-23

1. For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2. that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3. in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. 6. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7. rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10. and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12. having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14. by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. 16. Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18. Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19. and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. 20. If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21. “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22. (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23. These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

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COLOSSIANS 1:1-29

1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2. To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4. since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5. because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, 6. which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, 7. just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf 8. and has made known to us your love in the Spirit. 9. And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10. so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12. giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14. in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20. and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22. he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23. if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25. of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26. the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

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PHILIPPIANS 4:1-23

1. Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. 2. I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6. do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10. I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 21. Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. 23. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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