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1 Timothy 6:1-3 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Instruct every employee[a] to respect and honor their employers,[b] for this attitude presents to them a clear testimony of God’s truth and renown. Tell them to never provide them with a reason to discredit God’s name because of their actions. Especially honor and respect employers who are believers and don’t despise them, but serve them all the more, for they are fellow believers. They should be at peace with them as beloved members of God’s family. Be faithful to teach them these things as their sacred obligation.

False Teachers and True Riches

But if anyone spreads false teaching that does not agree with the healthy instruction of our Lord Jesus, teaching others that holy awe of God[c] is not important, then they prove they know nothing at all! It’s obvious they don’t value or hold dear the healing words of our Lord Jesus Christ.


  1. 1 Timothy 6:1 Or “those under the yoke of performance” (servitude or slavery). The Greek text clearly refers to slaves and masters, but the Aramaic is somewhat ambiguous and could still be referring to the topic of ch. 5. “Those” would refer to the leadership of the church instead—pastors, deacons, and deaconesses.
  2. 1 Timothy 6:1 Or “masters,” also in v. 2.
  3. 1 Timothy 6:3 The Aramaic here and in v. 6 literally means “the doctrine of the fear of God.” The fear of God is one of the seven spirits of God, the spirit of the fear of God (Isa. 11:2-3). To teach there is no fear of God would be leading people away from the Holy Spirit. The fear of God is more than simply loving and respecting God. There are over one hundred references in both the Old and New Testaments that speak of “the fear of God.”
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