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Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to 1seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
|2||Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;|
|3||Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from ameats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.|
|4||For every acreature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:|
|5||For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.|
|6||If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.|
|7||But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.|
|8||For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto 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 acceptation.|
|10||For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.|
|11||These things command and teach.|
|12||Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in aconversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.|
|13||Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.|
|14||Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the apresbytery.|
|15||Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.|
|16||Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.|
|Notes on Chapter 4|
(a) "meats" = food, not just meat products.
Strongs #1033 "broma" - food.
See notes at Matt 14:15
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(a) "creature" = thing created by God.
Strongs #2938 "ktisma" - an original formation, a product (created thing) - from Strongs #2936 "ktizo" - to fabricate, to form originally.
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(a) conversation = behavior
Strongs #391 "anastrophe" from Strongs #390 "anastrepho" - to overturn, also to return; by impl. to busy oneself, i.e. remain, live: - abide, behave self
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(a) "presbytery" = Strongs #4244, a group of elders in the Christian church.
Translated "elders" in Luke 22:66, and "estate of the elders" in Acts 22:5, in reference to the Sanhedrin.
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