Modern Literal Version
1 Timothy 1]



     1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the commandment of God our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, our hope; 1:2 to Timothy, my genuine child in the faith: grace, mercy, peace, from God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.



     1:3 As I encouraged you to remain in Ephesus, when I was traveling into Macedonia, in order that you might command to some not to teach a different teaching, 1:4 nor to take-heed to fables and unending genealogies, which provide more debates, rather than a stewardship of God which is in faith. 1:5 But the end of the command is love* out of a clean heart and a good conscience and a non-pretended faith; 1:6 from which some having deviated, turned aside to empty-talking; 1:7 wishing to be teachers of the law, perceiving neither what they are saying, nor the things concerning what they are confidently confirming. 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if anyone uses it lawfully, 1:9 knowing this: that law is not laid down {Or: destined} for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for killers of their fathers and killers of their mothers, for murderers, 1:10 for fornicators, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers and if any other thing which lays in opposition to sound* teaching; 1:11 according to the good-news of the glory of the blessed* God, to which I was entrusted.



     1:12 And I have gratitude to the one who empowered me, namely, the Christ, Jesus our Lord, because he deemed me faithful, placing me into his service; 1:13 even though I was a former blasphemer and a persecutor and an insolent man, but I was shown-mercy, because I did it being ignorant in unbelief; 1:14 and the grace of our Lord overwhelmed me with the faith and love* which is in Christ Jesus. 1:15 Faithful is the word and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost. 1:16 But I was shown-mercy because of this, in order that Jesus Christ might show all his patience in me as foremost, for a pattern of those who are afterward about to believe on him *for everlasting life. 1:17 Now to the King of the ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only wise God, is honor and glory forevermore. Amen.



     1:18 I consign this command to you, my child Timothy, according to the prophesies preceding upon you, in order that you may be warring the good warfare by them; 1:19 holding faith and a good conscience, which some having thrust away, are shipwrecked concerning the faith; 1:20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I gave to the Adversary, in order that they might be disciplined not to blaspheme.



[1 Timothy 2]



     2:1 Therefore I am encouraging first of all that supplications, prayers, petitions, thanksgivings, be made* on behalf of all men, 2:2 on behalf of kings and all who are in superior-stations; in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness* and honesty. 2:3 For* this is good and acceptable in God our Savior's sight; 2:4 who wishes all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth. 2:5 For* there is one God, and one intermediary of God and of men, the man, Christ Jesus, 2:6 who gave himself as a ransom on behalf of all; the testimony given in its own times; 2:7 to which I was appointed* a preacher and an apostle, (I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.



     2:8 Therefore I will that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and evil reasoning.


     2:9 Likewise* also, the women to adorn themselves in a respectable array, with modesty and self-discipline; not in hair braids or gold or pearls or costly garments; 2:10 but with what is suitable to women professing godliness through good works. 2:11 Let a woman learn in quietness in all subjection.


     2:12 Now I do not permit a woman to teach, nor to dominate a man, but to be in quietness.


     2:13 For* Adam was first molded, thereafter Eve; 2:14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman, having been deceived, has become the one in transgression; 2:15 but she will be saved through her childbearing, if they remain in faith and love* and holiness with self-discipline.



[1 Timothy 3]



     {1Ti 3:1-7 & Tit 1:5-9 Congregational leaders.}


     3:1 Faithful is the word: if a any man is aspiring to the overseership, he is desiring a good work. 3:2 Therefore, it is essential for the overseer to be: unimpeachable, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, orderly, hospitable, skilled in teaching; 3:3 not a drunkard, not a bully, not covetous, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a money-lover; 3:4 the one who is governing his own house well, having his children in subjection with all honesty; 3:5 (but if anyone does not know how to govern his own house, how will he be caring for the congregation* of God?;) 3:6 not a new-convert, (in order that when* he is puffed up, he might not fall into the condemnation of the devil). 3:7 But it is also essential for him to have a good testimony from those who are outside the congregation*; in order that he may not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.


     {'Unimpeachable,' (below, G423), 'irreproachable,' (Tit 1, G410), are both in the qualifications of the Lord's earthly congregation's leadership, described in various Bible versions and locations within as: elders, bishops, overseers, pastors, shepherds, presbyters; (all terms are always plural in the Bible). These words do not translate well into English. They are simply a description of a person not under an accusation by an enemy or legal system or better as under any kind of accusation, this person is blameless, guiltless and has an impeccable reputation. Another note: 'children' is plural in Greek.}



     {Deacons, is a transliteration of the Greek word diakonos G1249. This word and its compounds in all other contexts are translated 'serve,' 'servant,' or 'service' (see 3:10 & 3:13). Because 'elder' ('overseer' in Php 1:1) a known office of the congregation is used, this context calls for an office or serving position in the congregation. The actual word in Greek means 'servant' who serves in reference to his job. The same word is used by Paul to describe a 'policeman' (in modern terms) in Rm. 13:4. Context could also mean 'those who minister,' in general. Other Greek synonyms in the MLV are translated as: 'domestic servant,' 'attendant,' 'minister*' and 'bondservant.'}


     3:8 Deacons likewise* must be honorable, not double-tongued, not taking-heed to much wine, not covetous; 3:9 holding the mystery of the faith in a clean conscience. 3:10 But let these also first be tested; thereafter let them serve, being irreproachable.


     3:11 Women likewise* must be honorable, not slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things.


     3:12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, governing their children and their own houses well. 3:13 For* those who have served well are acquiring for themselves a good rank and much boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.



     3:14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you shortly; 3:15 but if I am slow, these things are in order that you may know how men ought to conduct themselves in the house of God, which is the congregation* of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth. 3:16 And confessedly great is the mystery of godliness*: God was manifested in the flesh, was made righteous in the Spirit, was seen by messengers, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was received up in glory.



[1 Timothy 4]



     4:1 But the Spirit expressly says, In later times some will be withdrawing from the faith, taking-heed to misleading spirits and teachings of demons, 4:2 through the hypocrisy from the speakers of lies, having been branded in their own conscience; 4:3 forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods, which God created *for reception with thanksgiving to the believing and those who have fully known the truth, 4:4 because every created thing of God is good and casting off nothing if it is received with thanksgiving, 4:5 for* it is made holy through the word of God and through petition.


     4:6 If you suggest these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of the faith and of the good teaching in which you have followed closely. 4:7 But renounce the profane and old-wives' fables and exercise yourself to godliness*; 4:8 for* bodily exercise is profitable for few things, but godliness* is profitable for all things, having the promise of life the current one and the future one.


     4:9 Faithful is the word and worthy of all acceptance. 4:10 For* we are also laboring and are reproached toward this end, because we have hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of the believing ones. 4:11 Command and teach these things.



     4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but become an example of the believing ones: in word, in conduct, in love*, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 4:13 Until I come, take-heed to the public-reading, to the encouragement, to the teaching. 4:14 Do not neglect the gift* which is in you, which was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 4:15 Meditate on these things; be diligent in them; in order that your progress may be apparent to all. 4:16 Take-heed to yourself and to the teaching. Abide in these things; for* while practicing this, you will be saving both yourself and those who hear you.



[1 Timothy 5]



     5:1 Do not berate an elder man, but encourage him like a father; younger-men like brethren; 5:2 elder women like mothers; younger women like sisters, in all purity. 5:3 Honor widows who are really widows. 5:4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to be devout toward their own family and to give back reimbursement to their parents; for* this is acceptable in God's sight. 5:5 Now she who really is a widow and has been left alone and has hoped in God and remains in supplications and prayers night and day. 5:6 But she who is self-indulgent has died, while still living. 5:7 Also command these things, in order that they may be unimpeachable. 5:8 But if anyone is not {F} planning-for his own and especially his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.


     5:9 Do not let a widow be enrolled who is less than sixty years old, having become the wife of one man, 5:10 being testified of in good works; if she has reared children, if she was hospitable to strangers, if she has washed the holy-ones' feet, if she has relieved those being afflicted, if she has followed after every good work.


     5:11 But renounce younger widows; for* whenever they are promiscuous against the Christ, they wish to marry; 5:12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first faith. 5:13 Now at the same time, they also are learning to be idle, strolling the houses, and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not to speak. 5:14 Therefore I will the younger widows to marry, to be childbearing, to manage the house, to never give a starting-point to those who lay in opposition to them because of reviling: 5:15 for* already some have turned aside after the Adversary.


     5:16 If any believing man or believing woman has relatives who are widows, they should relieve them and do not let the congregation* be burdened; in order that it may relieve those who really are widows.



     5:17 The elders who are governing well, let them be deemed worthy of double honor, especially those who are laboring in the word and in teaching. 5:18 For* the Scripture says, 'You will not muzzle a threshing bull.' {Deu 25:4} And, 'The worker is worthy of his wages.' {Lev 19:13} 5:19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder, unless upon the testimony of two or three witnesses. 5:20 Reprove those who are sinning in the sight of all, in order that the rest may also have fear. 5:21 I am thoroughly testifying in sight of God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the chosen messengers, in order that you should observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing according to bias. 5:22 Lay hands on no one quickly, nor share in another's sins. Keep yourself pure! 5:23 No longer be a drinker of water only, but use a small amount of wine because of your stomach and your frequent sicknesses. 5:24 Some men's sins are evident, leading them into judgment, but even for some, they are also following after them later. 5:25 Likewise* also, the good works are evident, and those having works contrariwise are not able to be hid.


     {Footnotes: 1Ti 5:9, or: provide; or: planning in the short term.}



[1 Timothy 6]



     6:1 As many as are bondservants under the yoke, let them deem their own masters worthy of all honor, in order that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed. 6:2 But those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren, but rather let them serve* them, because they are believing and beloved who are being helped by your good* work. Teach and encourage these things.



     6:3 If anyone is teaching a different teaching and is not coming near to sound* words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to the teaching which is according to godliness*; 6:4 he has been puffed up, knowing nothing, but being mentally diseased concerning debates and quarrels over words, out of which become: envy, strife, blasphemies, evil suspicions, 6:5 incessant wranglings of men who have been corrupted in the mind and who have been deprived of the truth, supposing that godliness* is a method to earnings. Withdraw yourself from such.


     6:6 But godliness* with contentment is a great method to earnings; 6:7 for* we brought nothing into the world, nor it is evident that we are able to carry anything out; 6:8 but we will be content with these things, having nourishment and clothes. 6:9 But those who are planning to be rich are falling into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful lusts, which are submerging men into utter-destruction and everlasting destruction. 6:10 For* the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils; of which some aspiring to, have been misled from the faith and they themselves are staked-through by many sorrows.



     6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue: righteousness, godliness*, faith, love*, endurance, meekness. 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith, grab the everlasting life, to which you were called and professed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses. 6:13 I am commanding you in God's sight, who gives-life to all things and of Christ Jesus, who in front of Pontius Pilate testified the good confession; 6:14 that you keep the commandment, unstained, unimpeachable, till the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 6:15 Which in its own times, he will show, the Blessed* and only Sovereign, the King of those who are reigning, and a Lord of those who have lordship over others; 6:16 he who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no one from man has seen, nor is able to see: to whom is honor and everlasting dominion. Amen.



     6:17 Command the rich in this current age, not to be cavalier, nor to have hope on the uncertainty of riches, but have hope in the living God, who is richly providing to us all things toward enjoyment; 6:18 also command them to work what is good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal in giving, generous, 6:19 storing up for themselves a good foundation toward the future, in order that they may grab the everlasting life.



     6:20 O Timothy, guard the deposit consigned to you, turning away from the profane empty-talks and oppositions of the falsely named knowledge; 6:21 which some professing have deviated concerning the faith.



     Grace is with you. Amen.



     {NOTES: Please read the Preface and other non-bible sections. * is our universal footnoting for words contained in the 'Definitions' section. These words are NOT the same Greek word as the non-asterisk form; i.e. *FOR is different from FOR* is different from FOR.}



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