1 Timothy 4

Some Will Depart from the Faith

1 Now the Spirit 1 expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed a to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 b speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience c seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is 2 sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, d nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7 But e reject profane and old wives' fables, and f exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For g bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, h having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10 For to this end 3 we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, i who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no one 4 despise your youth, but be an j example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, 5 in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to 6 doctrine. 14 k Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy l with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

  1. Cross References
    2 Timothy 3:13
    But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
    Revelation 16:14
    For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
  2. Cross References
    Matthew 7:15
    Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
  3. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:19
    Who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
  4. Cross References
    2 Timothy 3:14
    But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
  5. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:16
    But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.
    Titus 1:14
    Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.
  6. Cross References
    Hebrews 5:14
    But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
  7. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 8:8
    But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 37:9
    For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 36:6
    Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast.
  10. Cross References
    Philippians 3:17
    Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
    Titus 2:7
    In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility.
    1 Peter 5:3
    Nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
  11. Cross References
    2 Timothy 1:6
    Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 6:6
    Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
    1 Timothy 5:22
    Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people's sins; keep yourself pure.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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