1 Timothy 6
The duty of servants. Those who teach not according to the apostle's doctrine are to be avoided, as corrupters of Christianity. The gain of godliness with content. The evil of covetousness. What Timothy is to flee, and what to follow and perform. A charge to the rich not to be proud and confident in their riches, but to be beneficent and liberal. Timothy is enjoined to adhere to the true faith, and to shun profane and vain controversies.
1 aLET as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that bthe name of God and his doctrine be not cblasphemed.
2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are dbrethren; but rather do them service, because they are 1faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
3 eIf any man teach otherwise, and consent not to fwholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 gHe is 2proud, knowing nothing, but 3doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, hstrife, i*railings, evil surmisings,
5 j4Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 kBut godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 lFor we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 mAnd having food and *raiment let us be therewith content.
9 nBut they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, owhich drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 pFor the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have 5erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, qO man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 rFight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast sprofessed a good profession before many witnesses.
13 tI give thee charge in the sight of God, who *quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate uwitnessed a good 6confession;
14 vThat thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which win his times he shall shew, who is xthe blessed and only *Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who yonly hath immortality, zdwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; awhom no man hath seen, nor can see: bto whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
- y: 1Ti. 1:17 , Ro. 1:23 , Jn. 5:26 , Jn. 6:57 , Je. 10:10 , De. 32:40
- z: 1Jn. 1:5 , 1Jn. 1:7 , 2Ch. 6:1 , 2Ch. 5:13 , 2Ch. 5:14 , Ex. 40:35 , Re. 1:16 , Re. 1:17 , Re. 15:8
- a: De. 4:12 , Jn. 1:18 , Jn. 6:46 , Jn. 5:37 , 1Jn. 4:12 , 1Jn. 4:20 , Ex. 33:20
- b: Ro. 16:27 , Ep. 3:21 , Phi. 4:20 , 1Ti. 1:17 , 2Pe. 3:18 , vs. 25 , Re. 1:6 , Re. 4:11 , Re. 5:12 , Re. 5:13 , Re. 7:10 , Re. 7:12
17 cCharge them that are rich in dthis world, ethat they be not *highminded, fnor trust in 7uncertain riches, but in the gliving God, hwho giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
- c: 1Ti. 1:3 , 1Ti. 4:11 , 2Ti. 2:14 , Ps. 119:46
- d: 2Ti. 4:10
- e: Ps. 62:10 , Pr. 23:5 , Ro. 11:20 , Ro. 12:16 , Phi. 3:2 , Phi. 3:4
- *: highminded-puffed up with pride.
- f: Ps. 62:10 , Ps. 52:7 , Job 31:24 , Pr. 11:28 , Mat. 6:33 , Mat. 6:34 , Mar. 4:19 , Mar. 10:24 , Lu. 12:15 - 20 , Pr. 23:5
- 7: Gr. the uncertainty of riches.
- g: 1Ti. 6:16 , 1Ti. 3:15 , 1Ti. 4:10 , 1Th. 1:9 , Je. 10:10
- h: Ec. 5:18 , Ec. 5:19 , Ac. 14:17 , Ac. 17:25 , Mat. 6:33 , 1Co. 3:22
18 iThat they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, 8willing to communicate;
19 jLaying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may klay hold on eternal life.
20 O Timothy, lkeep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: