1 Timothy, Chapter 4

4:1 But the Spirit says expressly, that in later times some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,
4:2 through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;
4:3 forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving:
4:5 for it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
4:6 If you put the brothers in mind of these things, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith, and of the good doctrine which you have followed [until now]:
4:7 but refuse profane and old wives' fables. And exercise yourself to godliness:
4:8 for bodily exercise is profitable for a little; but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life which now is, and of that which is to come.
4:9 Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptance.
4:10 For to this end we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
4:11 These things command and teach.
4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.
4:13 Until I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
4:14 Don't neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the group of elders.
4:15 Be diligent in these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your progress may be manifest to all.
4:16 Take heed to yourself, and to your teaching. Continue in these things; for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

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