- As many as are servants under a yoke, their own masters worthy of all honour let them reckon, that the name of God and the teaching may not be evil spoken of;
- and those having believing masters, let them not slight [them], because they are brethren, but rather let them serve, because they are stedfast and beloved, who of the benefit are partaking.
These things be teaching and exhorting;
- if any one be teaching otherwise, and do not consent to sound words — those of our Lord Jesus Christ — and to the teaching according to piety,
- he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and word-striving, out of which doth come envy, strife, evil-speakings, evil-surmisings,
- wranglings of men wholly corrupted in mind, and destitute of the truth, supposing the piety to be gain;
depart from such;
- but it is great gain — the piety with contentment;
- for nothing did we bring into the world — [it is] manifest that we are able to carry nothing out;
- but having food and raiment — with these we shall suffice ourselves;
- and those wishing to be rich, do fall into temptation and a snare, and many desires, foolish and hurtful, that sink men into ruin and destruction,
- for a root of all the evils is the love of money, which certain longing for did go astray from the faith, and themselves did pierce through with many sorrows;
- and thou, O man of God, these things flee, and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness;
- be striving the good strife of the faith, be laying hold on the life age-during, to which also thou wast called, and didst profess the right profession before many witnesses.
- I charge thee, before God, who is making all things alive, and of Christ Jesus, who did testify before Pontius Pilate the right profession,
- that thou keep the command unspotted, unblameable, till the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
- which in His own times He shall shew — the blessed and only potentate, the King of the kings and Lord of the lords,
- who only is having immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable, whom no one of men did see, nor is able to see, to whom [is] honour and might age-during! Amen.
- Those rich in the present age charge thou not to be high-minded, nor to hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God, who is giving to us all things richly for enjoyment;
- to do good, to be rich in good works, to be ready to impart, willing to communicate,
- treasuring up to themselves a right foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life age-during.
- O Timotheus, the thing entrusted guard thou, avoiding the profane vain-words and opposition of the falsely-named knowledge,
- which certain professing — concerning the faith did swerve;
the grace [is] with you.