EPISTLE 1 Timothy 1:5–17

EPISTLE 1 Timothy 1:5–17
5The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a
good conscience and a sincere faith. 6Certain persons, by swerving
from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7desiring to
be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are
saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
8Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
9understanding 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, 10the sexually immoral, men who practice
homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is
contrary to sound doctrine, 11in accordance with the glorious gospel
of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.
12I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,
13though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent
opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in
unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the
faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is trustworthy
and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the
world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16But 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. 17To the King of ages, immortal,
invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.