The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
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1 Timothy

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Chapter 1

1 Paul, First of all, he affirms his own free vocation and also Timothy's, that the one might be confirmed by the other: and in addition he declares the sum of the apostolic doctrine, that is, the mercy of God in Christ Jesus apprehended by faith, the end of which is yet hoped for. 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, There is as much difference between mercy and grace, as is between the effect and the cause: for grace is that free good will of God, by which he chose us in Christ, and mercy is that free justification which follows it. mercy, [and] peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3 This whole epistle consists in admonitions, in which all the duties of a faithful pastor are plainly set out. And the first admonition is this, that no innovation is made either in the apostle's doctrine itself, or in the manner of teaching it. As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

4 The doctrine is corrupted not only by false opinions, but also by vain and curious speculations: the declaration and utterance of which can help our faith in no way. Neither give heed to fables and endless He makes note of one type of vain question. genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: [so do].

5 The second admonition is, that the right use and practice of the doctrine must be joined with the doctrine. And that consists in pure charity, and a good conscience, and true faith. Now the end of the Of the Law. commandment is There is neither love without a good conscience, nor a good conscience without faith, nor faith without the word of God. charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned:

6 That which he spoke before generally of vain and curious controversies, he applies to those who, pretending a zeal of the Law, dwelled upon outward things, and never made an end of babbling of foolish trifles. From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

7 There are none more unlearned, and more impudent in usurping the name of holiness, than foolish babblers, who reason fallaciously. Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

8 The taking away of an objection: he does not condemn the Law, but requires the right use and practice of it. But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully;

9 He indeed escapes the curse of the Law, and therefore does not abhor it, who fleeing and avoiding those things which the Law condemns, gives himself with all his heart to observe it: and he does not make a vain babbling of outward and curious matters. Knowing this, that the law is not made for a And such a one is he, whom the Lord has endued with true doctrine, and with the Holy Spirit. righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for To those who make an art, as it were, of sinning. sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 To whoremongers, to buggerers, to menstealers, to lyers, to the periured, and if there be any other thing, that is contrary to wholesome doctrine,

11 He contrasts fond and vain babbling with, not only the Law, but the Gospel also, which does not condemn, but greatly commends the wholesome doctrine contained in the commandments of God. And therefore he calls it a glorious Gospel, and the Gospel of the blessed God, the power of which these babblers did not know. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, A reason why neither any other Gospel is to be taught than he has taught in the Church, neither after any other way, because there is no other Gospel besides that which God committed to him. which was committed to my trust.

12 He maintains of necessity his apostleship against some that did find fault with his former life, debasing himself even to hell, to advance only Christ's only, with which he abolished all those his former doings. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath Who gave me strength, not only when I had no will to do well, but also when I was wholly given to evil. enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

13 Who was before a These are the meritorious works which Paul brags of. blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [it] ignorantly in unbelief.

14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant He proves this change by the effects, because he who was a profane man, has become a believer: and he that did most outrageously persecute Christ, burns now in love towards him. with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

15 He turns the reproach of the adversaries upon their own head, showing that this singular example of the goodness of God, contributes greatly to the benefit of the whole Church. This [is] a Worthy to be believed. faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

16 Notwithstanding, for this cause was I receiued to mercie, that Iesus Christ should first shewe on me all long suffering vnto the ensample of them, which shall in time to come beleeue in him vnto eternall life.

17 He breaks out into an exclamation, even because of the very zeal of his mind, because he cannot satisfy himself in amplifying the grace of God. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the {{See Joh_17:3} only wise God, [be] honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

18 The conclusion of both the former fatherly admonitions, that is, that Timothy striving bravely against all stops, being called to the ministry according to many prophecies which went before of him, should both maintain the doctrine which he had received, and keep also a good conscience. This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by By the help of them. them mightest war a good warfare;

19 Holding Wholesome and sound doctrine. faith, and a good conscience; Whoever does not keep a good conscience, loses also by little and little, the gift of understanding. And this he proves by two most lamentable examples. which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; Those who fall from God, and his religion, are not to be endured in the Church, but rather ought to be excommunicated. whom I have Cast out of the Church, and so delivered them to Satan. delivered unto Satan, that they may That by their pain they might learn how serious it is to blaspheme. learn not to blaspheme.

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