Timothy’s Letter to Paul

First letter of Paul to Timothy 6:11-16

But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen

Dear Paul,

Thank you for your letter. I hope you will continue to write to us in the future. I don’t know who your grammar teacher is, but I would like to introduce you to the period. The period separates ideas. It slows down the sentences such that the reader can breathe properly. In 11 lines I would like to suggest 4 periods instead of 7 commas. Currently, those of use who can read sometimes feel it is like swimming across the pool underwater in one breath.

Here is an edited version of your recent letter. It does not take away from your meaning. Please consider those of us with asthma in future letters.

Thanks again,

Timothy

PS The colon and semi colon are more advanced topics; we can cover those later.

Attached please find my suggested edits:

But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, keep the commandment without stain or reproach. continue this until the appearance of our Lord Jesus christ. Then the blessed and only ruler will make manifest at the proper time. The King of kings and Lord of lords alone has immortality. He dwells in unapproachable light to whom no human being has seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it Paul?

Shalom,

Timothy

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