1Al those under the yoke of slavery must have unqualified respect for their masters, so that the name ofGod and our teaching are not brought into disrepute. 2Those whose masters are believers are not to respect them less because they are brothers; on thecontrary, they should serve them al the better, since those who have the benefit of their services are believersand dear to God. This is what you are to teach and urge. 3Anyone who teaches anything different and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of ourLord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, 4is proud and has no understanding, but rather a weakness for questioning everything and arguing aboutwords. Al that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and evil mistrust; 5and unending disputes by people who are depraved in mind and deprived of truth, and imagine thatreligion is a way of making a profit. 6Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have. 7We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it; 8but as long as we have food and clothing, we shal be content with that. 9People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and harmfulambitions which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10'The love of money is the root of all evils' and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered awayfrom the faith and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds. 11But, as someone dedicated to God, avoid al that. You must aim to be upright and religious, fil ed withfaith and love, perseverance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith and win the eternal life to which you were cal ed and for which you madeyour noble profession of faith before many witnesses. 13Now, before God, the source of all life, and before Jesus Christ, who witnessed to his noble professionof faith before Pontius Pilate, I charge you 14to do al that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15who at the due time wil be revealed by God, the blessed and only Ruler of al , the King of kings andthe Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal, whose home is in inaccessible light, whom no human being has seen or is ableto see: to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen. 17Instruct those who are rich in this world's goods that they should not be proud and should set theirhopes not on money, which is untrustworthy, but on God who gives us richly al that we need for our happiness. 18They are to do good and be rich in good works, generous in giving and always ready to share- 19this is the way they can amass a good capital sum for the future if they want to possess the only lifethat is real. 20My dear Timothy, take great care of al that has been entrusted to you. Turn away from godlessphilosophical discussions and the contradictions of the 'knowledge' which is not knowledge at al ; 21by adopting this, some have missed the goal of faith. Grace be with you.
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