Duties of servants. The danger of covetousness. Lessons for
1 Whosoever are servants under the yoke, let them count their masters worthy
of all honour, lest the name and doctrine of the Lord be blasphemed.
2 But they who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because
they are brethren: but serve them the rather, because they are faithful and beloved, who are partakers of the benefit. These
things teach, and exhort.
3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound words of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is according to piety:
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of
words: from which arise envies, contentions, blasphemies, evil suspicions,
5 Conflicts of men corrupted in mind, and who are destitute of the truth,
supposing gain to be piety.
6 But piety with sufficiency, is great gain.
7 *For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing
8 *But having food, and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content.
9 For they who wish to become rich, fall into temptation, and into the
snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For covetousness is the root of all evils; which some desiring, have
erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, piety,
faith, charity, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life whereunto thou
art called, and hast confessed a good confession before many witnesses.
13 I charge thee before God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ
Jesus, who gave testimony *under Pontius Pilate, a good confession:
14 That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, *who is the Blessed and only Mighty,
the King of kings, and Lord of lords:
16 Who only hath immortality, and inhabiteth light inaccessible, *whom
no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.
17 Charge the rich of this world not to be high-minded, *nor to hope in
uncertain of riches, but in the living God (who giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy)
18 To do good, to be rich in good works, to distribute readily, to communicate.
19 To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time
to come, that they may obtain true life.
20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding the profane
novelties of words, and oppositions of knowledge falsely so called,
21 Which some promising, have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with
7: Job. i. 21.; Ecclesiastes v. 14.
8: Proverbs xxvii. 26.
13: Matthew xxvii. 11.; John xviii. 33. and 37.
15: Apocalypse xvii. 14. and xix. 16.
16: John i. 18.; 1 John iv. 12.
17: Luke xii.