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Instructions to Those Who Serve

(A)All who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so (B)that the name of God and our doctrine will not be [a]slandered. But those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are (C)brothers, but must serve them all the more, because those who [b]partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. (D)Teach and exhort these things.

If anyone (E)teaches a different doctrine and does not [c]agree with (F)sound words—those of our Lord Jesus Christ—and with the doctrine (G)conforming to godliness, he is (H)conceited, understanding nothing but [d]having a morbid interest in (I)controversial questions and (J)disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction between (K)men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who (L)suppose that [e]godliness is a means of gain. (M)But godliness actually is a means of (N)great gain, when accompanied by (O)contentment. For (P)we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we (Q)have food and covering, with these we shall be content. (R)But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and (S)a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For (T)the love of money is a root of all [f]sorts of evils, and some by aspiring to it have (U)wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

11 But you, O (V)man of God, (W)flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, (X)faith, (Y)love, [g]perseverance, gentleness. 12 (Z)Fight the good fight of (AA)faith. (AB)Take hold of the eternal life (AC)to which you were called, and you made the good (AD)confession in the presence of (AE)many witnesses. 13 (AF)I charge you in the presence of God, who [h]gives life to all things, and of (AG)Christ Jesus, who testified the (AH)good confession (AI)before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the (AJ)appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will [i]bring about at (AK)the proper time—He who is (AL)the blessed and (AM)only Sovereign, (AN)the King of [j]kings and (AO)Lord of [k]lords, 16 (AP)who alone has immortality and (AQ)dwells in unapproachable light, (AR)whom no man has seen or can see. (AS)To Him be honor and eternal might! Amen.

17 Command those who are rich in (AT)this present age (AU)not to be haughty or to (AV)set their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, (AW)who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in (AX)good [l]works, (AY)to be generous and ready to share, 19 (AZ)storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may (BA)take hold of that which is life indeed.

20 O (BB)Timothy, guard (BC)what has been entrusted to you, turning aside from (BD)godless and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge— 21 which some, while professing, have (BE)gone astray [m]from (BF)the faith.

(BG)Grace be with [n]you.


  1. 1 Timothy 6:1 Or blasphemed
  2. 1 Timothy 6:2 Or devote themselves to kindness
  3. 1 Timothy 6:3 Or come with; lit come to
  4. 1 Timothy 6:4 Lit is sick about
  5. 1 Timothy 6:5 Or religion
  6. 1 Timothy 6:10 Lit the evils
  7. 1 Timothy 6:11 Or steadfastness
  8. 1 Timothy 6:13 Or preserves alive
  9. 1 Timothy 6:15 Lit show
  10. 1 Timothy 6:15 Lit those who reign as kings
  11. 1 Timothy 6:15 Lit those who rule as lords
  12. 1 Timothy 6:18 Or deeds
  13. 1 Timothy 6:21 Lit concerning
  14. 1 Timothy 6:21 Lit you (plural)