A Call to Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that (A)entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, (B)for kings and all who are in [a]authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and [b]dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of (C)God our Savior, (D)who desires all men to be (E)saved and to (F)come to the [c]knowledge of the truth. For there is (G)one God, and (H)one mediator also between God and men, the (I)man Christ Jesus, who (J)gave Himself as a ransom for all, the (K)testimony [d]given at [e](L)the proper time. (M)For this I was appointed a [f]preacher and (N)an apostle ((O)I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of (P)the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Therefore (Q)I want the men (R)in every place to pray, (S)lifting up (T)holy hands, without wrath and dissension.

Women Instructed

Likewise, I want (U)women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, [g]modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness. 11 (V)A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. 12 (W)But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13 (X)For it was Adam who was first [h]created, and then Eve. 14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but (Y)the woman being deceived, [i]fell into transgression. 15 But women will be [j]preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in (Z)faith and love and sanctity with [k]self-restraint.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 2:2 Or a high position
  2. 1 Timothy 2:2 Or seriousness
  3. 1 Timothy 2:4 Or recognition
  4. 1 Timothy 2:6 Or to be given
  5. 1 Timothy 2:6 Lit its own times
  6. 1 Timothy 2:7 Or herald
  7. 1 Timothy 2:9 Lit with modesty
  8. 1 Timothy 2:13 Or formed
  9. 1 Timothy 2:14 Lit has come
  10. 1 Timothy 2:15 Lit saved
  11. 1 Timothy 2:15 Or discretion

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