THE FIRST EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
1 Timothy 6 ©
1 The apostle exhorts servants to be obedient to their masters. 3 Describes false and deceiving teachers, and commands men to avoid them. 6 Exhorts to piety and contentment, and shunning of covetousness. 11 And to several other Christian virtues. 13 Charges before God and Jesus Christ so to observe this. 15 And from the considerations of Christ’s coming to judgment, and of the glory of God he breaks out into the praise of God. 17 Prescribes to the rich how they ought to carry themselves before God and the people. 20 Warns him once again with great earnestness for false and deceitful doctrine. 21 And concludes the epistle with the usual salutation.
LET as many servantsa as are under 1the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be 2not blasphemed.
And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of 3the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
If any man teach 4otherwise, and consent 5not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, 6knowing nothing, but 7doting about questions and strifes of words, whereofb cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
8Perversec disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing 9that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Butd godliness with 10contentment 11is great gain.
Fore we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
Andf having food and raiment letg us be therewith 12content.
Buth they that will be 13rich fall into temptation and 14a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Fori15the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred 16from the faith, and pierced themselves through 17with many sorrows.
Butj thou, 18O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Fightk the good 19fight of faith, 20lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed 21a good profession before many witnesses.
Il give thee charge in the sight of God, whom22quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, 23whon before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
That thou keep this 24commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Which in his times he shall 25shew, who is theo blessed and 26only Potentate,p theq King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the 27light which no man can approach unto; whomr no man hath 28seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
Charge them that are rich in this 29world, that they be not highminded,s nort trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly 30all things 31to enjoy;
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to 32communicate;
Layingu up in store for themselves 33a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
O Timothy, keep 34that which is committed to thy trust, avoidingv35profane and vain babblings, and 36oppositions of science falsely so called:
Which some 37professing have 38erred 39concerning the faith. 40Grace be with thee. Amen.