4Now the Spirit expressly says that in later* times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. 3They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; 5for it is sanctified by Gods word and by prayer.
6 If you put these instructions before the brothers and sisters,* you will be a good servant* of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with profane myths and old wives tales. Train yourself in godliness, 8for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and struggle,* because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe.
11 These are the things you must insist on and teach.
12Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
13Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture,* to exhorting, to teaching.
14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.*
15Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.
16Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; continue in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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