2 First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made in behalf of all people,2 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.3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to the [c]knowledge of the truth.5 For there is one God, andone mediator also between God and mankind, theman Christ Jesus,6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony [d]given at [e]the proper time.7 For this I was appointed as a [f]preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Instructions for Believers
8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and dispute.9 Likewise, I wantwomen to adorn themselves with proper clothing, [g]modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive apparel,10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.13 For it was Adam who was first [h]created, and then Eve.14 And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman was [i]deceived and [j]became a wrongdoer.15 But [k]women will be [l]preserved through [m]childbirth—if they continue in faith, love, and sanctity, with moderation.
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