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But those who have believing masters must not show them less respect[a] because they are brothers. Instead they are to serve all the more, because those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved.[b]

Summary of Timothy’s Duties

Teach them and exhort them about these things.[c] If someone spreads false teachings[d] and does not agree with sound words (that is, those of our Lord Jesus Christ) and with the teaching that accords with godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in controversies and verbal disputes. This gives rise to envy, dissension, slanders, evil suspicions,

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  1. 1 Timothy 6:2 tn Or “think the less of them”; Grk “despise them,” “look down on them.”
  2. 1 Timothy 6:2 tn Or “those who devote themselves to service are faithful and dearly loved” (referring to slaves who serve them).
  3. 1 Timothy 6:2 tn Grk “these things teach and exhort.”
  4. 1 Timothy 6:3 tn Grk “teaches other doctrines,” (different from apostolic teaching, cf. 1 Tim 1:3).

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