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1 Timothy 1:15-16

1:15 This saying 1  is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” – and I am the worst of them! 2  1:16 But here is why I was treated with mercy: so that 3  in me as the worst, 4  Christ Jesus could demonstrate his utmost patience, as an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life.

1 tn Grk “the saying,” referring to the following citation (see 1 Tim 3:1; 4:9; 2 Tim 2:11; Titus 3:8 for other occurrences of this phrase).

2 tn Grk “of whom I am the first.”

3 tn Grk “but because of this I was treated with mercy, so that…”

4 tn Grk “in me first,” making the connection with the last phrase of v. 15.

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