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. Chapter 6.

1 All who wear the yoke of slavery must count their own masters worthy of all respect, so that the name of God and the Christian teaching are not brought into disrepute.

2 If the masters are believers, the slaves must not respect them any less for being their Christian brothers. Quite the contrary; they must be all the better servants because those who receive the benefit of their service are one with them in faith and love.

False Teaching and True Wealth

3 THIS IS WHAT you are to teach and preach. If anyone is teaching otherwise, and will not give his mind to wholesome precepts—I mean those of our Lord Jesus Christ—and to good religious teaching, 4 I call him a pompous ignoramus. He is morbidly keen on mere verbal questions and quibbles, which give rise to jealousy, quarrelling, slander, base suspicions, 5 and endless wrangles: all typical of men who have let their reasoning powers become atrophied and have lost grip of the truth. They think religion should yield dividends; 6 and of course religion does yield high dividends, but only to the man whose resources are within him. 7 We brought nothing into the world; for that matter we cannot take anything with us when we leave, 8 but if we have food and covering we may rest content. 9 Those who want to be rich fall into temptations and snares and many foolish harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and perdition. 10 The love of money is the root of all evil things, and there are some who in reaching for it have wandered from the faith and spiked themselves on many thorny griefs.

The Good Fight of Faith

11 But you, man of God, must shun all this, and pursue justice, piety, fidelity, love, fortitude, and gentleness. 12 Run the great race of faith and take hold of eternal life. For to this you were called; and you confessed your faith nobly before many witnesses. 13 Now in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Jesus Christ, who himself made the same noble confession and gave his testimony to it before Pontius Pilate, 14 I charge you to obey your orders irreproachably and without fault until our Lord Jesus Christ appears. 15 That appearance God will bring to pass in his own good time—God who in eternal felicity alone holds sway. He is King of kings and Lord of lords; 16 he alone possesses immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light. No man has ever seen or ever can see him. To him be honour and might for ever! Amen.

17 Instruct those who are rich in this world's goods not to be proud, and not to fix their hopes on so uncertain a thing as money, but upon God, who endows us richly with all things to enjoy. 18 Tell them to do good and to grow rich in noble actions, to be ready to give away and to share, 19 and so acquire a treasure which will form a good foundation for the future. Thus they will grasp the life which is life indeed.

20 Timothy, keep safe that which has been entrusted to you. Turn a deaf ear to empty and worldly chatter, and the contradictions of so-called 'knowledge', 21 for many who lay claim to it have shot far wide of the faith.

Grace be with you all!

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