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Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the appointment

2 of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus •, our hope, to Timothy my own son in the faith; favour, mercy, and peacet from God [our] Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3 As I besought thee to remain at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some not to

4 teach other doctrines, nor give heed to fables, and endless genealogies, which minister questions rather than

5 the dispensation of God which is by faith \; so do. Now the end of this charge to thee is love out of a pure heart,

6 and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from all which some having erred, have turned aside to vain

7 talk; desiring to be teachers of the law, yet not understanding what they say, nor concerning what they strong

* and the Lord Jesus Christ, R. T. who w our hope, N.
t peace be to Aim, N.

% This is the reading of all the ancicnt manuscripts except the Clermont. The meaning is, that idle qucstions concerning the fabulous genealogics of the Oricntal philosophy would rather lead to trifling and endless disputes, than to a pracneal knowledge of the gospel dispensation. The Primate adopts the receired text, and renders the passage "rather than that godly edifying which is by faith."

6 ly affirm. But we know that the law is good, if a man 9 use it as the law requireth; 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 the unholy and profane, for murtherers of fathers and murther

10 ers of mothers, for murtherers of mankind, for fornicators, for those who defile themselves with males, for manstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be

11 any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed * God

12 which hath been committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath given me strength, that he counted me faithful, and put me into the ministry;

13 who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I acted ignorant

14 ly through unbelief: and the favourt of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with that faith and love which

15 ore in \ Christ Jesus. These are true words, and worthy to be received by all, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am a chief sinner.

16 However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me a chief sinner Jesus Christ might shew forth all long-suffering, for an example to those who should hereafter be

17 lieve on him to everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only 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 concerning thee, that by them thou mightest war a good warfare;

19 holding faith and a good conscience, which some having

20 put away, have made shipwreck as to their faith: of whom are Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have

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delivered to Satan*, that they may be taught not to blaspheme.

Ch.ii. I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for 2 all men; for kings, and for all that are in high station; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all god

3 liness and gravity. For this is good and acceptable in

4 the sight of God our Saviour; who desireth that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.

. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God

6 and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all t, a doctrine to be testified of in its proper

7 time; of which I have been appointed a preacher and an apostle, (I speak the truthf, I speak not falsely,) an instructer of the gentiles in faith and truth.

8 I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting

9 up holy hands, without anger and disputing: in like manner that women also adorn themselves in decent apparel, with modesty and soberness of mind; not with

10 plaited hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array: but (which becometh women professing the worship of God)

11 by good works. Let the woman learn in silence, with

12 all subjection. But I suffer not the woman to teach, or to usurp authority over the man; but command her to rc

13 main in silence. For Adam was formed first, and Eve

14 afterward: and Adam was not deceived ; but the woman,

15 having been deceived, was in the transgression. Notwithstanding, she shall be preserved in || child-bearing;

* "That is, he had excommunieated thera." Dr. Priestley. Sec 1 Cor.». 5. He had expelled them from that community, of which Christ was the head and ruler, to the kingdom of heathenism and darkness, of which Satan was the supposed chicf. t i. e. a means of deliverance from the bondage of the ceremonial law and of heathen idolatry.

11 speak the truth in Christ, R. T.

| » Sce Sue, in the Hale of, Rom. ii. 27; ir. 11. 2 Cor. v. 10. I am apt to consider Slet Ti1c T ixveyoilcts as an ancicnt marginal note; though I do not find any exter, nal authority for such a supposition.'* New come.

if they continue in faith, and love, and holiness, with soberness of mind. Ch. hi. These are true words: "If a man wish for the office of a bishop *, he desireth an honourable employment."

2 A bishop * then must be blameless, the hushand of one wifet, sober, self-governed, decent, hospitable, apt to

3 teach; not a continuer at wine, not a strikerf; but

4 mild, not contentious, not covetous; one that ruleth his own family well, having his children in subjection with

5 all gravity: (but if a man know not how to rule his own family, how can he take care of the church of God ?)

6 Not a new convert, lest he be lifted up with vanity, and 7 fall into the condemnation of the accuser ||. Moreover, he must have a good testimony from those that are without: lest he fall into reproach, and the snare of the accuser ||.

8 In like manner the deacons must be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of base

9 gain: holding the mystery of the faith with a pure con

10 science. And let these first be proved; then let them use

11 the office of deacon, being found irreproachable. In like manner the women f must be grave, not slanderers, sober,

12 faithful in all things. Let the deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own families well.

13 For those that have used the office of a deacon well, acquire to themselves an honourable rank, and great freedom of speech in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14 I write these things unto thee, hoping to come unto

» Or, an overseer, a superintendant of the church, the same as a preshyter, or elder. See Acts n. 17.98. 't 1* Not guilty of polygamy, or of causeless divoree." Newcome. X The reeeived text here adds, "not given to filthy luere."

0 devil, N. "lest he be justly condemned by those who watch for an oeeasion to calumniate and aeeuse Christians.*' Newcome. "Accuser" is the Primate's marginal version. His text is, "such condemnation at that of the deviL"

*( " Who were deaeonesses, Rom. xvi. 1." Neweome.

15 thee shortly : but if I delay, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, as a pillar and support of the truth.

16 And, without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great*: He who was manifested t in the flesh \ was justified by the spirit||, seen by messengers U, preached to the gentiles tt, believed on in the world Tf, received in glorylW.

Ch. Iv. Buttt the spirit saith expressly that, in latter times, some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to deceit- 2 ful spirits, and to doctrines concerning demons; through the hypocrisy of those who speak falsehoods, of those 3 whose conscience is seared with a hot iron; who forbid to marry, and command to abstain from kinds of food,

• Or, And the mystery of the true worship i s confi-ssedly great- N. m. t The Primate adopts the received text. "God was manifested." But in the mar(fin he gives the reading retained here; which is also the reading in the text of Gricabath's second edstion. This is supported by the Alexandrian and Ephrem MSS. The Vatican is mutilated. The Clermont reads Co) thnt which. Later copics have 0£e;, God. "All the old versions," says Dr. Clarke. (Doet. of Trin. No. »8, 89) "havesrA* or which. And all the aneicnt fathers, though the copics of many of them have it now in the text isstir0fog, GW; yet from the tenor of their comments upon it, and from their never eiting it in the Arian controversy, it appears that they always read it (e{) who, or (o) which.—>Vr. it must not be judged from the present copics of the text in Xyssen and others, but from their manner ofcommenting upon the place, how the texs was read m their days." Abp. Neweome observes, that if we read (of) he wns, wc have a construetion like Mark iv. 25. Luke viii. IB. Rom. viii. 32,

t was evidently a real man, a proper human being, and not a man in appearance only, as the Gnosties and Doceuc taught; to whom the apostle seems to allude ch, i. 4; vi . 20. Compare I John iv. 2, 3; 2 John, ver. 7.

U "deelared to be rightcous, and the Christ, by the attestation of the holy spirit." Neweome.

1 by the apostles, who were his angels or messengers to the world," Benson.

"angels," N.

tt * This mystery St. Paul particularly insists on, Eph. iii. 4, 5, 6.'' Neweome.

%% " Among distant nations, as well as among the Jews." Neweome.

|| " met with a glorious reception," Benson, who refers to Acts xx. 13,14; xxiiL Si. Eph. vi. 15. 2 Tim. iv. 11, iu support of this sense of the word etu)&}&fal. He inter' prets the apostle's language of the multitudes which in the apostolic age embraced the Christian religion. Neweome renders the elause * taken up into glory/' explaming it of the consequcnees of Christ's ascension.

tt Yet, N.

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