Advice About Slaves, Money And Faith
All who are under the yoke of Slavery
Should consider their masters worthy of full respect,
So that God's Name and our Teaching may not be Slandered.
2 Those who have believing masters
Are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers.
Instead, they are to serve them even better,
Because those who benefit from their service are believers,
And dear to them.
Love Of Money
3 If anyone Teaches False Doctrines
And does not agree to the Sound Instruction
Of our Lord Jesus Christ and to Godly Teaching,
4 He is Conceited and understands Nothing.
He has an unhealthy interest in Controversies and Arguments
That result in Envy , Quarreling, Malicious talk, Evil Suspicions
5 And Constant Friction between men of Corrupt Mind,
Who have been Robbed of the Truth
And who think that Godliness is a means to Financial Gain.
6 BUT GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS GREAT GAIN.
7 FOR WE BROUGHT NOTHING INTO THE WORLD,
AND WE WILL TAKE NOTHING OUT OF IT.
8 BUT IF WE HAVE FOOD AND CLOTHING,
WE WILL BE CONTENT WITH THAT.
9 People who want to get Rich fall into Temptation
And a Trap and into many foolish and harmful Desires
THAT PLUNGE MEN INTO RUIN AND DESTRUCTION.
10 FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL KINDS OF EVIL.
Some people, eager for money,
HAVE WANDERED AWAY FROM THE FAITH
AND PIERCED THEMSELVES WITH MANY GRIEFS.
Paul's Charge To Timothy
11 BUT YOU MAN OF GOD, FLEE FOR ALL THIS,
AND PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS,
FAITH, LOVE ENDURANCE AND GENTLENESS.
12 FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH.
TAKE HOLD OF THE ETERNAL LIFE TO WHICH YOU WERE CALLED
WHEN YOU MADE YOUR GOOD CONFESSION
IN THE PRESENCE OF MAY WITNESSES.
13 IN THE SIGHT OF GOD,
WHO GIVE LIFE TO EVERYTHING,
And of Jesus Christ,
Who while Testifying before Pontius Pilate
Made the Good Confession,
14 I CHARGE YOU TO KEEP THIS COMMANDMENT
WITHOUT SPOT OR BLAME
UNTIL THE APPEARING OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
WHICH GOD WILL BRING ABOUT IN HIS OWN TIME--
GOD THE BLESSED RULER,
THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS,
16 WHO ALONE IS IMMORTAL
AND WHO LIVES IN UNAPPROACHABLE LIGHT,
WHOM NO ONE HAS SEEN OR CAN SEE.
TO HIM BE HONOR AND MIGHT FOREVER. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this Present World
Not to be Arrogant
NOR TO PUT THEIR HOPE IN WEALTH,
WHICH IS SO UNCERTAIN,
BUT TO PUT THEIR HOPE IN GOD,
WHO RICHLY PROVIDES US
WITH EVERYTHING FOR OUR ENJOYMENT.
18 Command them to Do Good,
To be rich in Good Deeds,
And to be Generous and willing to Share.
19 IN THIS WAY THEY WILL LAY UP TREASURE FOR THEMSELVES
AS A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR THE COMING AGE,
SO THAT THEY MAY TAKE HOLD OF LIFE
THAT IS TRULY LIFE.
20 Timothy, Guard what has been Entrusted to your Care.
Turn away from Godless Chatter and the Opposing ideas
Of what is Falsely called Knowledge,
21 Which some have professed and in so doing
HAVE WANDERED FROM THE FAITH.
Grace be with you.
(1 Timothy 6)