THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
XII. Concerning Slaves
and Money Lovers
1 As many as are aslaves under the yoke should regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, lest the bname of God and 1our cteaching be 2blasphemed.
2 And those who have believing masters should not despise them, because they are abrothers; but rather they should 1serve them, because those who recompense them for the kindly service received are believers and beloved. These things bteach and cexhort.
3 If anyone teaches 1adifferent things and does not consent to 2bhealthy words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the teaching which is according to 3cgodliness,
4 He is 1ablinded with pride, understanding bnothing, but is 2diseased with cquestionings and dcontentions of words, out of which come eenvy, fstrife, 3slanders, evil suspicions,
5 1Perpetual wranglings of men acorrupted in mind and 2deprived of the 3truth, 4supposing bgodliness to be a means of cgain.
6 But agodliness with 1bcontentment is 2cgreat gain;
7 For 1we have brought anothing into the world, because bneither can we carry anything out.
8 But having afood and 1covering, with these we will be 2bcontent.
9 But those who 1intend to be arich fall into temptation and a bsnare and many foolish and harmful 2desires, which 3plunge men into 4destruction and ruin.
10 For the alove of money is 1a root of all evils, because of which some, 2aspiring after money, have 3been bled away from the 4cfaith and pierced themselves through with many pains.
XIII. A Man of God
11 But you, O 1aman of God, bflee these things, and cpursue 2drighteousness, 3egodliness, 4ffaith, 5love, 6endurance, 7meekness.
12 1aFight the good fight of the bfaith; lay chold on the 2eternal life, 3to which you were dcalled and have 4econfessed the good confession before many fwitnesses.
13 I acharge you before God, who preserves all things in life, and Christ Jesus, who btestified the good confession before cPontius Pilate,
14 To keep 1the commandment spotless, awithout reproach, until the 2bappearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 1Which in aits own times 2the bblessed and conly Sovereign will show, the dKing of those who reign as kings and eLord of those who rule as lords,
16 Who alone has aimmortality, dwelling in unapproachable blight, whom cno man has seen nor can see, to whom be dhonor and eternal emight. Amen.
17 aCharge those who are rich in the bpresent age not to be chigh-minded, nor to set their dhope on the euncertainty of riches but on God, who faffords us all things grichly for our enjoyment;
18 To do 1agood, to be 2brich in good works, to be ready to cdistribute, to be ones willing to share;
19 aLaying away for themselves a good bfoundation as a ctreasure for the 1future, that they may lay dhold on 2that which is really life.
20 O Timothy, aguard the 1deposit, bturning away from cprofane, dvain babblings and oppositions from 2what is falsely called knowledge,
21 Because of which some, professing this, have 1amisaimed regarding the bfaith. cGrace be with you.