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1 Timothy 6:1-21

6  Let as many as are under a yoke in servitude regard their masters as entitled to all honor, in order that God’s name and the teaching may not be vilified. 2  And let those who have believing masters not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but be the more their servants because those who enjoy the benefit are believers and loved ones. These things teach, and exhort to these. 3  If one teaches erratic notions and does not apply himself to sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the teaching that is along the line of piety, 4  he is conceit-ridden, not knowing anything, but infatuated about arguments and disputed technicalities, out of which come grudges, quarreling, vilification, base suspicions, 5  frictions between men unsound in mind and bereft of the truth who suppose piety to be an economic resource. 6  But a great resource is piety with contentment; 7*  for we brought nothing into the world, because neither can we carry anything out; 8  but when we have food to sustain us and coverings to protect us we shall be well enough off. 9  But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and a trap and many stupid and harmful desires which sink men into destruction and perdition. 10*  For the love of money is the root of all things bad; hankering for it, some have strayed away from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains. 11  But for your part, man of God, keep clear of these things; and aim at honesty, piety, faith, love, constancy, meekness under provocation. 12**  Play the great game of faith, grasp the eternal life to which you were called and made the good confession before many witnesses. 13*  I enjoin you before God who gives everything its life, and Christ Jesus who before Pontius Pilate bore his witness to the good confession, 14*  to keep the commandment spotlessly, irreproachably, till the oncoming of our Lord Jesus Christ; 15**  which, when the right time comes, the blessed only Potentate will display, the King of all who reign and Lord of all who rule, 16  he who alone has immortality, who inhabits unapproachable light, whom none of men have seen nor can see; to whom belong honor and might eternal; amen. 17  Enjoin those who are rich in the present world not to have lofty ideas and not to have their hopes set on uncertainty of wealth, but on God, him who lets us have everything in rich measure to use and enjoy; 18  to practice beneficence, be rich in good works, ready in sharing what they have, loyal in solidarity, 19  laying away for themselves a good foundation toward the future that they may have a hold on the life that is life. 20  Timothy, safeguard the deposit, turning off from the unsanctified nonsense and counter-propositions of what is miscalled knowledge, 21*  which some have promised and therein missed the mark of the faith. Grace be with you and yours.

Footnotes

6:7 Conj. that the word because does not belong here
6:10 Or a root of everything that is bad
6:12 Lit. Contend the good (athletic) contest of faith
6:12 Or into which
6:13 Or under Pontius Pilate
6:14 Or keep the commandment spotless, proof against carping
6:15 Lit. which at its own times the blessed and only
6:15 (all, twice) Lit. those
6:21 Lit. about the faith