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.]