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lieve them, and let not the church be burthened ; that it
may relieve those who are widows indeed. 17 Let the elders who preside well, be counted worthy of
double reward*; especially those who labour in the wordt 18 and in teaching : for the scripture saith, “ Thou shalt not
muzzle the ox that is treading out the corn.” And, " The 19 labourer is worthy of his hire.” Against an elder receive
not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin rebuke before all, that others also may 21 fear. I charge thee in the presence of God, and of (the
Lord] Jesus Christ, and of the chosen messengers t, that thou observe these things without prejudice ll, doing no
thing by partiality. 22 Put thine hands hastily on no man; and partake not in 23 the sins of others. Keep thyself pure. (Drink no longer
water ; but use a little wine, because of thy stomach and 24 thy frequent infirmities.) The sins of some men are ma
nifest beforehand, going before to judgement 9; but some 25 men they follow after. In like manner, the good works
also of some are manifest before hand; and those works
that are otherwise cannot be hidden. Ch. vi. Let as many servants as are under the yoke, count
their own masters worthy of all honour; that the name 2 of God, and his doctrine, be not evil-spoken of. And
let not those that have believing masters despise them, because they are brethren : but let them serve the more willingly, because those who partake of the benefit are
• Gr. honour.
+ in preaching, Macknight. I chosen messengers, i. e. the apostles of Christ, who were chosen to bear testimo. ny to bis resurrection. Acts i. 2. q. d. I charge you as in the presence of God your Creator and judge, of Christ your master and chief, and of the apostles of Jesus, whose example you are to follow, etc. Ahp. Newcome, with the public version, renders the words, “ the elect angels," and some suppose an allusion to the court of heaven, as analogous to the Persian court. See Benson and Priestley. But the former interpretation best suits the connexion. If it be objected that Timothy was not actually in the presence of the apostles, it may be replied, that the apostle's language does not necessarily imply this. Nor can it be proved that he was in the presence of the elect angels, whoever may be the persons intended.
preferring one man before another, N. See Wakefield. 9 Or, leading before to a judgement.
believing and beloved. These things teach and exhort. 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound
words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which 4 is according to godliness, he is listed up with vanity,
knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes
of words; whence cometh envy, contention, evil-speak5 ings, wicked surmisings, perverse disputings among men
of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing 6 that godliness is gain: [from such withdraw thyself.] But 7 godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world ; and it is certain that we 8 can carry nothing out. And, having food and raiment, 9 let us be content with these. But they that would be
rich, fall into temptation and a snare, and into many
foolish* and hurtful desires, which drown men in † de10 struction and perdition. For the love of money is the
root of all evil: which while some covet, they have erred from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with
many sorrows. Il But, О man of God, do thou flee these things; and
follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, 12 meekness. Contend the good contest of faith ; lay hold
on everlasting life, to which thou hast been called, and
hast confessed a good confession | before many witnesses. 13 I charge thee in the sight of God, who giveth life to all,
and in the sight of Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pi. 14 late witnessed a good confession, that thou keep this
commandment, so as to be without spot, and unrebuke15 able, till the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ; which
in its proper time He will shew, who is the blessed || and
only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 who only hath immortality, dwelling in that light which
* inconsiderate, N.
+ Or, plunge mwen into, Macknight. Or, and with respect to which thou madest the honourable confession, 1 happy, N.
none can approach to* ; whom no man hath seen, or can see: to whom be everlasting honour and dominion.
Amen. 17 Charge the rich in this worldt, not to be high-minded,
nor to trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, 18 who richly giveth us all things to enjoy; to do good, to
be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to 19 bestow; treasuring up for themselves a good foundation
against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the
true life. 20 O Timothy, keep that doctrine which is committed to
thy trust, avoiding profane emptiness of speecht, and op21 positions of knowledge falsely so called|| : which some
professing, have erred concerning the faith. The favour of God be with thee. [Amen.]
• Or, in light inaccessible.
" See Col. il. 8; i. 6,7," Newcome.
an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, 2 as to the promise of life which is by Christ Jesus, to Ti
mothy my beloved son, favour, mercy, and peace* from
God our Fathert, and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did with
a pure conscience, that without ceasing I make mention 4 of thee in my prayers night and day ; longing to see
thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with 5 joy; and calling to remembrance the unfeigned faith
that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Loïs, and in thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded
that it dwelleth in thee also. 6
Wherefore I remind thee that thou stir upt the free gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my 7 hands. For God hath not given us a spirit|| of fear, but 8 of power, and of love, and of prudence. Be not theregether with the gospel, according to the power given thee 9 of God; who hath saved us *, and called us with a holy
fore ashamed of the testimony concerning our Lord, or of me a prisoner because of him : but suffer affliction to
peace be to him, N.
† the Father, N.
t Or, kindle up.
I the spirit, .. . i. e. has rescued us from the yoke of the law, or from the bondage of heathen, idolatry + through Christ Jesus, N.
calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose, and that favour which was bestowed on
us in Christ Jesus t, before the ancient dispensations ; 10 but which hath now been made manifest by the appearance
of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death,
and hath brought life and incorruption to light, by the il gospel : off which I have been appointed a preacher, 12 and an apostle, and a teacher of the gentiles. For which
cause I suffer also these things : nevertheless I am not ashamed : for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which he hath
committed to mell against that day 1. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast
heard from me, together with that faith and love ft which 14 are in ft Christ Jesus. That good doctrine, which is
committed to thy trust, keepHH through the holy spirit
which dwelleth in us. 15 Thou knowest this, that all those who are in Asia have
turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Her16 mogenes. The Lord shew mercy to the household of
Onesiphorus : for he often refreshed me, and was not 17 ashamed of my chain; but, when he was in Rome, sought 18 for me very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant
unto him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that
Gr. as concerning, N. m. f i. e. the gospel. See ver. 14; 1 Tim. v. 20, which are the only places in which the same word occurs. The apostle triumphed in the thought, that, though he was perse.. cuted, and soon to fall a sacrifice to the fury of his enemies, the gospel which was intrusted to him would not perish with him, but would be preserved by the power of God. to the end of time. See Slichtingius in loc. The Primate renders the clause," he is able to keep what I have committed to him.”
that great day, N. + Or, A form of sound words which thou heardest from me, hold fast in faith and love. # Or, by, N. m.
Or, the bonourable trust committed to thee, keep, etc.