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. Chapter 2.

Instructions concerning Prayer

1 FIRST OF ALL, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered for all men; 2 for sovereigns and all in high office, that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in full observance of religion and high standards of morality. 3 Such prayer is right, and approved by God our Saviour, 4 whose will it is that all men should find salvation and come to know the truth. 5 For there is one God, and also one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus, himself man, 6 who sacrificed himself to win freedom for all mankind, so providing, at the fitting time, proof of the divine purpose; 7 of this I was appointed herald and apostle (this is no lie, but the truth), to instruct the nations in the true faith.

8 It is my desire, therefore, that everywhere prayers be said by the men of the congregation, who shall lift up their hands with a pure intention, excluding angry or quarrelsome thoughts. 9 Women again must dress in becoming manner, modestly and soberly, not with elaborate hair-styles, not decked out with gold or pearls, or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, as befits women who claim to be religious. 11 A woman must be a learner, listening quietly and with due submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to be a teacher, nor must woman domineer over man; she should be quiet. 13 For Adam was created first, and Eve afterwards; 14 and it was not Adam who was deceived; it was the woman who, yielding to deception, fell into sin. 15 Yet she will be saved through motherhood [Or: saved through the Birth of the Child; Or: brought safely through childbirth.] —if only women continue in faith, [Or: if only husband and wife continue in mutual fidelity ...] love, and holiness, with a sober mind.

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