1 Timothy 4
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, being devoted to corrupting spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared,
3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be
partaken 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
5 for it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.
6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus
Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have followed.
7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, 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 we both labor and are reproached, because we trust in the living God,
who is the preserver of all men, especially of those who believe.
11 These things command and teach.
12 Let no one despise your youth, but become an example to the believers in word, in
conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the
laying on of the hands of the eldership.
15 Attend to 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
deliver both yourself and those who hear you.