12Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
15Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,3 so that all may see your progress.
16Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
1 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church