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But the Spirit saith expressly that in latter times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons,
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by hypocrisy of legendmongers, branded in their own conscience,
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forbidding to marry, [bidding] to abstain from meats which God created for reception with thanksgiving by those faithful and fully acquainted with the truth.
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Because every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be rejected when received with thanksgiving,
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for it is sanctified through God’s word and intercession.
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Setting these things before the brethren, thou wilt be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished in the words of the faith and the good teaching which thou hast followed up.
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But the profane and old-womanish fables refuse, and exercise thyself unto piety;
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for bodily exercise is profitable for a little, but piety is profitable for all things, having promise of life that is now and of that which is to come.
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The word [is] faithful and worthy of all acceptance;
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for unto this end we labour andsuffer reproach, because we have our hope set on a living God who is Saviour of all men, especially of faithful [men].
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These things charge and teach.
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Let none despise thy youth, but be a pattern of the faithful in word, in conduct, in love,in faith, in purity.
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Till I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
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Neglect not the gift that was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the elderhood.
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Bestow care on these things; be wholly in them; that thy progress may be manifest to all.
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Take heed to thyself and the teaching; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt save thyself and those that hear thee.