- Let as many bondmen as are under yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and the teaching be not blasphemed.
- And they that have believing masters, let them not despise [them] because they are brethren;
but let them the rather serve them with subjection, because they are faithful and beloved, who profit by the good and ready service [rendered].
These things teach and exhort.
- If any one teach differently, and do not accede to sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the teaching which [is] according to piety,
- he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and disputes of words, out of which arise envy, strife, injurious words, evil suspicions,
- constant quarrellings of men corrupted in mind and destitute of the truth, holding gain to be [the end of] piety.
- But piety with contentment *is* great gain.
- For we have brought nothing into the world: [it is] [manifest] that neither can we carry anything out.
- But having sustenance and covering, we will be content with these.
- But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and many unwise and hurtful lusts, which plunge men into destruction and ruin.
- For the love of money is [the] root of every evil;
which some having aspired after, have wandered from the faith, and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
- But *thou*, O man of God, flee these things, and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness of spirit.
- Strive earnestly [in] the good conflict of faith.
Lay hold of eternal life, to which thou hast been called, and hast confessed the good confession before many witnesses.
- I enjoin thee before God who preserves all things in life, and Christ Jesus who witnessed before Pontius Pilate the good confession,
- that thou keep the commandment spotless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- which in its own time the blessed and only Ruler shall shew, the King of those that reign, and Lord of those that exercise lordship;
- who only has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light;
whom no man has seen, nor is able to see;
to whom [be] honour and eternal might.
- Enjoin on those rich in the present age not to be high-minded, nor to trust on the uncertainty of riches;
but in the God who affords us all things richly for [our] enjoyment;
- to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal in distributing, disposed to communicate [of their substance],
- laying by for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold of [what is] really life.
- O Timotheus, keep the entrusted deposit, avoiding profane, vain babblings, and oppositions of false-named knowledge,
- of which some having made profession, have missed the faith.
Grace [be] with thee.