Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers.(A) Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on.(B) If anyone teaches otherwise(C) and does not agree to the sound instruction(D) of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited(E) and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words(F) that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth(G) and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

But godliness with contentment(H) is great gain.(I) For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.(J) But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.(K) Those who want to get rich(L) fall into temptation and a trap(M) and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money(N) is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith(O) and pierced themselves with many griefs.(P)

Final Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God,(Q) flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,(R) faith, love,(S) endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight(T) of the faith. Take hold of(U) the eternal life(V) to which you were called when you made your good confession(W) in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate(X) made the good confession,(Y) I charge you(Z) 14 to keep this command without spot or blame(AA) until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,(AB) 15 which God will bring about in his own time(AC)—God, the blessed(AD) and only Ruler,(AE) the King of kings and Lord of lords,(AF) 16 who alone is immortal(AG) and who lives in unapproachable light,(AH) whom no one has seen or can see.(AI) To him be honor and might forever. Amen.(AJ)

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