Instructions on Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority,(A) so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness(B) and dignity.(C) This is good, and it pleases God our Savior,(D) who wants everyone(E) to be saved(F) and to come to the knowledge of the truth.(G)

For there is one God(H) and one mediator(I) between God and mankind, the man(J) Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all,(K) a testimony at the proper time.

For this I was appointed a herald, an apostle(L) (I am telling the truth;[a] I am not lying), and a teacher of the Gentiles(M) in faith and truth.

Instructions to Men and Women

Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.(N) Also, the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing,(O) with decency and good sense, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold,(P) pearls, or expensive apparel, 10 but with good works,(Q) as is proper for women who profess to worship God. 11 A woman is to learn quietly with full submission.(R) 12 I do not allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; instead, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.(S) 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and transgressed.(T) 15 But she will be saved through childbearing, if they continue in faith, love, and holiness,(U) with good sense.

Footnotes

  1. 2:7 Other mss add in Christ

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