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But those who crave the wealth of this world slip into spiritual snares. They become trapped by the troubles that come through their foolish and harmful desires, driven by greed and drowning in their own sinful pleasures. And they take others down with them into their corruption and eventual destruction.

10 Loving money[a] is the first step toward all kinds of trouble. Some people run after it so much that they have given up their faith. Craving more money pushes them away from the faith into error, compounding misery[b] in their lives!

Paul’s Final Exhortation to Timothy

11 Timothy, you are God’s man, so run from all these errors. Instead, chase after true holiness, justice, faithfulness, love, hope,[c] and tender humility.

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  1. 1 Timothy 6:10 Or “insatiable greed for money.”
  2. 1 Timothy 6:10 As translated from the Aramaic. The word misery can also mean “demon.”
  3. 1 Timothy 6:11 Or “patience.”

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