1 Timothy 1:3-7

Paul tells Timothy to stop the wrong teachers

3 When I was going to Macedonia, I asked you to stay in Ephesus. Please continue to stay there. Certain people in Ephesus are teaching wrong things about God. You must tell them to stop doing that. 4 Tell people not to listen to false stories. They should not always be studying long lists of their families' names from years ago. Those things do not help people. They only cause them to argue. Instead, they need to understand God's purpose for us. To do that, people must trust him.

5 We need to teach people really to love one another. To do that, people need to have good thoughts. They need to know that they live in a good way. And they need to trust God completely. 6 But certain people have failed to live in that way. They would rather argue about things that do not help anybody. 7 They want to be teachers of God's laws. They speak very strongly, but they do not really understand what they are talking about.