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1 Timothy 6:2-5English Standard Version (ESV)

Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

False Teachers and True Contentment

Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound[a] words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

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  1. 1 Timothy 6:3 Or healthy
English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

1 Timothy 6:2-5New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who [a]partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and [b]preach these principles.

If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not [c]agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he [d]has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that [e]godliness is a means of gain.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 6:2 Or devote themselves to kindness
  2. 1 Timothy 6:2 Lit exhort, urge
  3. 1 Timothy 6:3 Lit come to; or come with
  4. 1 Timothy 6:4 Lit is sick about
  5. 1 Timothy 6:5 Or religion
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1 Timothy 6:2-5Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved.

False Doctrine and Human Greed

Teach and encourage these things. If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness[a] is a way to material gain.[b]

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 6:5 Referring to religion as a means of financial gain
  2. 1 Timothy 6:5 Other mss add From such people withdraw yourself.
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