1 Timothy 6

Honoring Masters

1All who are under the yoke as
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slaves must regard their own masters
Or owners
to be worthy of all respect, so that God’s name c and His teaching will not be blasphemed.
2 Those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved. e

False Doctrine and Human Greed

Teach and encourage these things.
3 If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord f Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness g 4he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. h From these come envy, i quarreling, j slander, k evil suspicions, 5and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness
Referring to religion as a means of financial gain
is a way to material gain.
Other mss add From such people withdraw yourself.
6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain. o

7 For we brought nothing into the world,
Other mss add it is clear that
we can take nothing out. q
8 But if we have food and clothing
Or food and shelter

we will be content with these.

9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root
Or is the root
of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith t and pierced themselves with many pains.

Fight the Good Fight

11 But you, man of God, run from these things,
and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love u endurance v and gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight w for the faith;
take hold of eternal life x
that you were called to
and have made a good confession about
in the presence of many witnesses.

13In the presence of God, who gives life to all, y and of Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before Pontius
Pilate: Pontius Pilate was governor of the province of Judea a.d. 26-36.
Pilate, aa I charge you
14to keep the command without fault or failure until the appearing ab of our Lord ac Jesus Christ. 15God will bring this about in His own time. ad He is

the blessed and only ae Sovereign,
the King of kings, af
and the Lord of lords, ag
16 the only One who has immortality,
dwelling in unapproachable light; ah
no one has seen or can see Him ai
to Him be honor and eternal might. aj
Amen: The transliteration of a Hebrew word signifying that something is certain, valid, truthful, or faithful; it is often used at the end of biblical songs, hymns, and prayers.
Amen. al

Instructions to the Rich

17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant am or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God
Other mss read on the living God
who richly provides us with all things ao to enjoy.
18Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, ap to be generous, willing to share, aq 19storing up for themselves a good reserve
Or foundation
for the age to come, as so that they may take hold of life that is real.

Guard the Heritage

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, at avoiding au irreverent, empty speech and contradictions from the “knowledge” that falsely bears that name. av 21By professing it, some aw people have deviated from the faith. axGrace be with all of you.
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