- Let as many seruauntes as are vnder the yoke, count their maisters worthy of all honour, that the name of god and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
- And they whiche haue beleuyng maisters, despise them not because they are brethren: but rather do seruice, forasmuch as they are beleuyng and beloued and partakers of the benefite.
These thynges teache and exhort.
- Yf any man teache otherwyse, and consenteth not vnto the wholsome wordes of our Lorde Iesus Christe, and to the doctrine whiche is accordyng to godlynesse:
- He is puft vp, knowyng nothing, but dotyng about questions and strifes of wordes, wherof commeth enuie, stryfe, raylynges, euyll surmysynges,
- Uayne disputations of men of corrupte myndes, destitute of the trueth, thynkyng lucre to be godlynesse.
From suche be thou separate.
- Godlynesse is great lucre, if a man be content with that he hath.
- For we brought nothyng into the worlde, and it is certayne that we may carry nought away.
- But hauyng foode and rayment, we must therwith be content.
- For they that wyll be riche, fall into temptations and snares, and into many folishe & noysome lustes, which drowne men in perdition and destruction.
- For loue of money, is the roote of all euyll, whiche whyle some lusted after, they erred from the fayth, & pearced the selues through with many sorowes.
- But thou O man of God, flee these thynges, and folow after righteousnes, godlynes, faith, loue, pacience, mekenes.
- Fight the good fight of faith, lay hand on eternall lyfe, wherevnto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- I geue thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all thynges, and before Iesus Christe, which vnder Pontius Pilate witnessed a good profession,
- That thou kepe the commaundement without spot, vnrebukeable, vntyll the appearyng of our Lorde Iesus Christ:
- Which in his tymes he shall shewe that is blessed and prince only, the kyng of kynges, and Lorde of Lordes,
- Who only hath immortalitie, dwelling in the light that no man can attayne vnto, Whom no man hath seene, neither can see, vnto whom be honour & power euerlastyng.
- Charge them which are riche in this world, that they be not hie minded, nor trust in vncertayne riches: but in ye lyuyng God, which geueth vs aboundauntly all thinges to enioy:
- That they do good, that they be riche in good workes, that they be redye to geue, glad to distribute:
- Laying vp in store for them selues a good foundation agaynst the tyme to come, that they may lay holde on eternall lyfe.
- O Timotheus, saue that which is geuen thee to kepe, auoydyng prophane [and] vayne bablynges, and oppositions of science, falslie so called:
- Which some professyng, haue erred concernyng the fayth.
Grace [be] with thee.
[Sent from Laodicea, which is the chiefest citie of Phrygia Pacaciana.]