I USED TO BE A BLASPHEMER, BUT THE MERCY OF GOD WAS SHOWN TO ME.
From Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy, true child of mine in the faith; wishing you grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus our Lord.
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, and who judged me faithful enough to call me into his service even though I used to be a blasphemer and did all I could to injure and discredit the faith. Mercy, however, was shown me, because until I became a believer I had been acting in ignorance; and the grace of our Lord Jesus filled me with faith and with the love that is in Christ Jesus.
V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.