1 Timothy (Tyndale – 1526)

The 1st Epistle to Timothy ~ 1526 Tyndale [Modern]
1:01 Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of god our saviour, and of the lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.
1:02 Unto Timothe his natural son in the faith. Grace mercy and peace from god our father, and from the lord Jesus Christ.
1:03 As I besought thee to abide still in Ephesus when I departed into macedonia, even so do that thou warn some that they teach no otherwise:
1:04 neither give heed to fables and genealogies, which are endless, and breed doubts, more than godly edifying which is by faith:
1:05 for the end of the commandment is love that cometh of a pure heart and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
1:06 from the which things, some have erred, and have turned unto vain jangling,
1:07 because they would be doctors in the scripture, and yet understand not what they speak, neither whereof they affirm.
1:08 We know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,
1:09 understanding this, how that the law is not given unto a righteous man, but unto the unrighteous and disobedient, to the ungodly and to sinners, to unholy and unclean, to murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, to mankillers
1:10 and whoremongers: to them that defile themselves with mankind: to menstealers: to liars and to perjured, and so forth if there be any other thing that is contrary to wholesome doctrine
1:11 according to the glorious gospel of the holy god, which gospel is committed unto me.
1:12 And I thank him that hath made me strong in Christ Jesus our lord: for he counted me true, and put me in office,
1:13 when before I was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and a tyrant. Nevertheless I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly, in unbelief:
1:14 but the grace of our lord was more abundant, with faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.
1:15 This is a true saying, and by all means worthy to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief:
1:16 Notwithstanding unto me was mercy given, that Jesus Christ should first shew on me all long patience, unto the ensample of them which shall in time to come believe on him unto eternal life.
1:17 So then unto god, king everlasting, immortal, invisible, and wise only, be honour and praise for ever and ever Amen.
1:18 This commandment commit I unto thee son Timotheus, according to the prophecies which in time past were prophesied of thee, that thou in them shouldest fight a good fight,
1:19 having faith and good conscience, which some have put away from them, and as concerning faith have made shipwreck.
1:20 of whose number is Hymeneus, and Alexander, which I have delivered unto Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme.
2:01 I exhort therefore that above all things prayers, supplications, petitions, and giving of thanks, be had for all men:
2:02 for kings, and for all that are in preeminence, that we may live a quiet and a peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
2:03 For that is good and accepted in the sight of god our saviour,
2:04 which would have all men saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth.
2:05 For there is one god, and one mediator between god and man, which is the man Christ Jesus,
2:06 which gave himself a ransom for all men, that it should be preached at his time,
2:07 whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle (I tell the truth in Christ and lie not) being the teacher of the gentiles in faith and verity.
2:08 I will therefore that the men pray every where, lifting up pure hands without wrath, or arguing.
2:09 Likewise also the women that they array themselves in mannerly apparel with shamefastness, and honest behaviour, not with broided hair, other gold, or pearls, or costly array:
2:10 but with such as becometh women that profess the worshipping of God through good works.
2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
2:12 I suffer not a woman to teach, neither to have authority over a man: but for to be in silence.
2:13 For Adam was first formed, and then Eve.
2:14 Also Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived, and was in transgression.
2:15 Notwithstanding they shall be saved through bearing of children, if they continue in the faith and in love, and in sanctifying.
3:01 This is a true saying: If a man covet the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
3:02 Yea and a bishop must be faultless, the husband of one wife, sober, of honest behaviour, honestly apparelled, harborous, apt to teach,
3:03 not drunken, no fighter, not given to filthy lucre: but gentle, abhorring fighting, abhorring covetousness,
3:04 and one that ruleth his own house honestly, having children under obedience, with all honesty.
3:05 For if a man cannot rule his own house, how shall he care for the congregation of god.
3:06 He may not be a young man, lest he swell and fall into the judgement of the evil speaker.
3:07 He must also be well reported of among them which are withoutforth, lest he fall into rebuke, and into the snare of the evil speaker.
3:08 Likewise must the deacons be honest, not double-tongued, not given unto much drinking, neither unto filthy lucre:
3:09 but having the mystery of the faith in pure conscience.
3:10 And let them first be proved, and then let them minister, if they be found faultless.
3:11 Even so must their wives be honest, not evil speakers: but sober, and faithful in all things.
3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife and such as rule their children well, and their own households.
3:13 For they that minister well, get themselves good degree, and great liberty in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
3:14 These things write I unto thee, trusting to come shortly unto thee.
3:15 And if I come not, that thou mayest yet have knowledge how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the congregation of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth.
3:16 And without nay great is that mystery of godliness. God was shewed in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, was seen of angels, was preached unto the gentiles, was believed on in earth and received up in glory.
4:01 The spirit speaketh evidently that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, and shall give heed unto spirits of error, and devilish doctrine
4:02 of them which speak false through hypocrisy, and have their consciences marked with an hot iron,
4:03 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which god hath created to be received with giving thanks, of them which believe, and have known the truth,
4:04 for all the creatures of God are good: and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
4:05 For it is sanctified by the word of god, and prayer.
4:06 If thou shalt put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ which hast been nourished up in the words of faith, and good doctrine, which doctrine thou hast continually followed.
4:07 But cast away unghostly and old wives’ fables. Exercise thyself unto godliness.
4:08 For bodily exercise profiteth little: But godliness is good unto all things, as a thing which hath promises of the life that is now, and of the life to come.
4:09 This is a sure saying, and of all parts worthy to be received.
4:10 For therefore we labour and suffer rebuke, because we believe in the living god, which is the saviour of all men: but specially of those that believe.
4:11 Such things command and teach.
4:12 Let no man despise thy youth: but be unto them that believe an ensample, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith and in pureness.
4:13 Till I come give attendance to reading, to exhortation, and to doctrine.
4:14 Despise not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee through prophecy, and with laying on of the hands of a senior.
4:15 These things exercise, and give thyself unto them, that all men may see how thou profitest.
4:16 Take heed unto thyself and unto learning, and continue therein. For if thou shalt so do thou shalt save thyself, and them that hear thee.
5:01 Rebuke not a senior: but exhort him as a father, and the younger men as brethren,
5:02 the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters, with all pureness.
5:03 Honour widows which are true widows.
5:04 If any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to rule their own houses godly, and to recompense their elders. For that is good and acceptable before God.
5:05 She that is a very widow, and friendless, putteth her trust in god, and continueth in supplication and prayer night and day:
5:06 but she that liveth in pleasure, is dead even yet alive.
5:07 And such things command, that they may be without fault.
5:08 If there be any that provideth not for his own, and namely for them of his household the same denieth the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
5:09 Let no widow be chosen under threescore year old, and such a one as was the wife of one man,
5:10 and well reported of in good works: if she have nourished children, if she have been liberal to strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have ministered unto them which were in adversity, if she were continually given unto all manner good works.
5:11 The younger widows refuse. For when they have begun to wax wanton, to the dishonour of Christ, then will they marry,
5:12 having damnation, because they have despised their first faith.
5:13 And also they learn to go from house to house idle, yea not idle only, but also trifling and busybodies, speaking things which are not comely.
5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry and bear children, and guide the house, and give none occasion to the adversary to speak evil.
5:15 For many of them are already turned back, and are gone after Satan.
5:16 And if any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them minister unto them, and let not the congregation be charged: that it may have sufficient for them that are widows indeed.
5:17 The seniors that rule well are worthy of double honour, most specially they which labour in the word and in teaching.
5:18 For the scripture saith: Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. And the labourer is worthy of his reward.
5:19 Against an senior receive none accusation: but under two or three witnesses.
5:20 Them that sin rebuke openly that other may fear.
5:21 I testify before god, and the lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without hasty judgement, and do nothing partially.
5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man neither be partaker of other men’s sins. Keep thyself pure.
5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine, for thy stomach’s sake, and thine often diseases.
5:24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand and go before unto judgement: some men’s sins follow after.
5:25 Likewise also good works are manifest beforehand, and they that are otherwise, cannot be hid.
6:01 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their masters worthy of all honour, that the name of god, and his doctrine be not evil spoken of.
6:02 See that they which have believing masters despise them not because they are brethren: but so much the rather do service, forasmuch as they are believing and beloved and partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
6:03 If any man teach otherwise, and is not content with the wholesome words of the lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine of godliness,
6:04 he is puffed up and knoweth nothing: but wasteth his brains about questions, and strife of words, whereof spring envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings
6:05 superfluous disputings in scowls of men with corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, which think that lucre is godliness. From such separate thyself.
6:06 Godliness is great riches, if a man be content with that he hath.
6:07 For we brought nothing into the world, and it is a plain case that we can carry nothing out.
6:08 When we have food and raiment, let us therewith be content.
6:09 They that will be rich, fall into temptation, and snares, and into many foolish and noisome lusts, which drown men in perdition, and destruction.
6:10 For covetousness is the root of all evil, which while some lusted after, they erred from the faith, and tangled themselves with many sorrows.
6:11 But thou which art the man of god, fly such things. Follow rightwiseness, godliness, love, patience, meekness.
6:12 Fight a good fight of faith. Lay hand on eternal life, whereunto thou art called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
6:13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, which quickeneth all things, and before Jesus Christ, which under Poncius Pilate witnessed a good witnessing,
6:14 that thou keep the commandment without spot, so that no man find fault with thee, until the appearing of our lord Jesus Christ,
6:15 which appearing (when the time is come) he shall shew that is blessed and mighty only, king of kings, and lord of lords,
6:16 which only hath immortality, and dwelleth in light that no man can obtain, whom never man saw, neither can see: unto whom be honour and rule everlasting Amen.
6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not exceeding wise, and that they trust not in the uncertain riches, but in the living god, which giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy them,
6:18 and that they do good and be rich in good works, and ready to give, and to distribute,
6:19 laying up in store for themselves, a good foundation against the time to come, that they may obtain eternal life.
6:20 O Timothe save that which is given thee to keep, and avoid unghostly vanities of voices, and oppositions of science falsely so called, which science,
6:21 while some professed, they have erred as concerning the faith. Grace be with thee Amen.
END Sent from Laodicia, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacaciana.