NASB — 1 Timothy 6 — KJV

Instructions to Those Who Minister

1 aAll who are under the yoke as slaves are to regard their own masters as worthy of all honor so bthat the name of God and [our] doctrine will not be Ispoken against. 2 Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are abrethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who Ipartake of the benefit are believers and beloved. bTeach and IIpreach these [principles].

[1] IOr blasphemed aEp 6:5; Tit 2:9; 1P 2:18 bTit 2:5
[2] IOr devote themselves to kindness IILit exhort, urge aAc 1:15; Ga 3:28; Phm 16 b1Ti 4:11

3 ¶ If anyone aadvocates a different doctrine and does not Iagree with bsound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine cconforming to godliness, 4 he is aconceited [and] understands nothing; but he Ihas a morbid interest in bcontroversial questions and cdisputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between amen of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who bsuppose that Igodliness is a means of gain. 6 aBut godliness [actually] is a means of bgreat gain when accompanied by ccontentment. 7 For awe have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we ahave food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 aBut those who want to get rich fall into temptation and ba snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For athe love of money is a root of all Isorts of evil, and some by longing for it have bwandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

[3] ILit come to; or come with a1Ti 1:3 b1Ti 1:10 cTit 1:1
[4] ILit is sick about a1Ti 3:6 b1Ti 1:4 cAc 18:15; 2Ti 2:14
[5] IOr religion a2Ti 3:8; Tit 1:15 bTit 1:11; 2P 2:3
[6] aLk 12:15-21; 1Ti 6:6-10 b1Ti 4:8 cPhp 4:11; He 13:5
[7] aJb 1:21; Ec 5:15
[8] aPv 30:8
[9] aPv 15:27; 23:4; 28:20; Lk 12:21; 1Ti 6:17 b1Ti 3:7
[10] ILit the evils aCol 3:5; 1Ti 3:3; 6:9 bJm 5:19

11 ¶ But aflee from these things, you bman of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, cfaith, dlove, Iperseverance [and] gentleness. 12 aFight the good fight of bfaith; ctake hold of the eternal life dto which you were called, and you made the good econfession in the presence of fmany witnesses. 13 aI charge you in the presence of God, who Igives life to all things, and of bChrist Jesus, who testified the cgood confession dbefore Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the aappearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will Ibring about at athe proper time—He who is bthe blessed and conly Sovereign, dthe King of IIkings and eLord of IIIlords, 16 awho alone possesses immortality and bdwells in unapproachable light, cwhom no man has seen or can see. aTo Him [be] honor and eternal dominion! Amen.

[11] IOr steadfastness a2Ti 2:22 b2Ti 3:17 c1Ti 1:14 d2Ti 3:10
[12] a1Co 9:25f; Php 1:30; 1Ti 1:18 b1Ti 1:19 cPhp 3:12; 1Ti 6:19 dCol 3:15 e2Co 9:13; 1Ti 6:13 f1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 2:2
[13] IOr preserves alive a1Ti 5:21 bGa 3:26; 1Ti 1:12, 15; 2:5 c2Co 9:13; 1Ti 6:12 dMt 27:2; Jn 18:37
[14] a2Th 2:8
[15] ILit show IILit those who reign as kings IIILit those who rule as lords a1Ti 2:6 b1Ti 1:11 c1Ti 1:17 dDt 10:17; Rv 17:14; 19:16 ePs 136:3
[16] a1Ti 1:17 bPs 104:2; Jm 1:17; 1 Jn 1:5 cJn 1:18

17 ¶ Instruct those who are rich in athis present world bnot to be conceited or to cfix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, dwho richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 [Instruct them] to do good, to be rich in agood Iworks, bto be generous and ready to share, 19 astoring up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may btake hold of that which is life indeed.

[17] aMt 12:32; 2Ti 4:10; Tit 2:12 bPs 62:10; Lk 12:20; Ro 11:20; 1Ti 6:9 c1Ti 4:10 dAc 14:17
[18] IOr deeds a1Ti 5:10 bRo 12:8; Ep 4:28
[19] aMt 6:20 b1Ti 6:12

20 ¶ O aTimothy, guard bwhat has been entrusted to you, avoiding cworldly [and] empty chatter [and] the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thus agone astray Ifrom bthe faith.

cGrace be with you.

[20] a1Ti 1:2 b2Ti 1:12, 14 c1Ti 1:9; 2Ti 2:16
[21] ILit concerning a2Ti 2:18 b1Ti 1:19 cCol 4:18


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Of the duty of servants.

1 ¶ Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and [his] doctrine be not blasphemed. 2 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 the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

[1] Gn 13:7; 16:9; 24:2, 12, 27, 35; Dt 28:48; 2S 12:14; 2K 5:2, 13; Ne 9:5; Is 47:6; 52:5; 58:6; Ezk 36:20, 23; Mal 1:6; Mt 11:9, 30; Lk 17:1; Ac 10:7, 22; 15:10; Ro 2:24; 1Co 7:21; 10:32; Ga 5:1; Ep 6:5; Col 3:22; 1Ti 5:14; Tit 2:5, 8, 9, 10; 1P 2:12, 17; 3:16.
[2] Gn 16:4; Nu 16:3; Jol 2:28; Mt 6:24; 23:8; 25:40; Ro 8:29; 11:17; Ga 3:26; 5:6; Ep 1:1, 15; 3:6; Col 1:2, 4; 3:11, 12; 4:1; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 4:11; 5:1; Tit 2:1, 15; 3:8; Phm 1:5, 10; He 3:1, 14; 1P 5:1; 2P 2:10; Jde 1:8.

Not to have fellowship with newfangled teachers.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

[3] Pv 15:4; Mt 22:21; 28:20; Ro 16:17; Ga 1:6; 1Th 4:1, 8; 1Ti 1:3, 6, 10; 4:7; 2Ti 1:13; 4:3; Tit 1:1, 9; 2:1, 11; 3:8; 2P 1:3.
[4] Pv 13:7; 25:14; 26:12; Is 58:4; Ac 8:9, 21; 15:2; Ro 2:8; 12:16; 13:13; 14:1; 1Co 3:3, 18; 8:1; 11:16, 18; 2Co 11:20; Ga 5:15, 20, 26; 6:3; Php 1:15; 2:3, 14; Col 2:18; 2Th 2:4; 1Ti 1:4, 7; 3:6; 2Ti 2:23; 3:4; Tit 3:9; Jm 1:19; 2:14; 4:1, 5; 1P 2:1; 2P 2:12, 18; Jde 1:10, 16; Rv 3:17.
[5] 2K 5:20; Is 56:11; Jr 6:13; 8:10; Ezk 33:31; Mt 7:17; 12:33; 21:13; 23:14; Jn 3:19; Ac 8:18; 19:24; Ro 16:17; 1Co 11:16; Ep 4:17; 2Th 2:8; 3:6; 1Ti 1:6; 3:3, 8; 6:6; 2Ti 3:5, 8; Tit 1:11, 15; He 3:12; 2P 2:3, 15; 2Jn 1:8; Jde 1:11; Rv 18:3, 13.

Godliness is great gain,

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is] certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

[6] Ex 2:21; Ps 37:16; 84:11; Pv 3:13; 8:18; 15:16; 16:8; Mt 6:32; Lk 3:14; 12:31; Ro 5:3; 8:28; 2Co 4:17; 5:1; Php 1:21; 4:11; 1Ti 4:8; 6:8; He 13:5.
[7] Jb 1:21; Ps 49:17; Pv 27:24; Ec 5:15; Lk 12:20; 16:22.
[8] Gn 28:20; 48:15; Dt 2:7; 8:3; Pv 27:23; 30:8; Ec 2:24; 3:12; Mt 6:11, 25; He 13:5.
[9] Gn 13:10; Nu 22:17; 31:8; Dt 7:25; Jsh 7:11, 24; 2K 5:20; Ps 11:6; Pv 1:17; 15:27; 20:21; 21:6; 22:16; 28:20; Is 5:8; Ho 12:7; Am 8:4; Zc 11:5; Mt 13:22; 19:22; 26:15; 27:3; Mk 4:19; Lk 21:35; Ac 5:4; 8:20; Ep 4:22; 1Ti 1:9; 3:7; 2Ti 2:26; Jm 5:1; 2P 2:3, 15; 1Jn 2:15; Jde 1:11.

and love of money the root of all evil.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

[10] Gn 29:14, 26, 31; 34:23; 38:16; Ex 23:7; Dt 16:19; 23:4, 18; Jg 17:10; 18:19, 29; 2S 4:10; 2K 5:27; Ps 32:10; Pv 1:19, 31; Is 1:23; 56:11; Jr 5:27, 28; Ezk 13:19; 16:33; 22:12; Mi 3:11; 7:3; Mal 1:10; Mt 23:14; Ac 1:16; 1Ti 6:21; 2Ti 4:10; Tit 1:11; 2P 2:7; Jde 1:11; Rv 2:14; 18:13.

What Timothy is to flee, and what to follow,

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and [before] Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep [this] commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, [who is] the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom [be] honour and power everlasting. Amen.

[11] Dt 16:20; 33:1; 1S 2:27; 9:6; 1K 13:1, 26; 17:18, 24; 20:28; 2K 1:9, 13; 5:20; 23:17; 1Ch 23:14; 2Ch 8:14; Ne 12:24, 36; Ps 34:14; 38:20; Is 51:1; Jr 35:4; Ro 14:19; 1Co 6:18; 10:14; 14:1; Ga 5:22; Php 4:8; 1Ti 4:12; 5:10; 6:20; 2Ti 2:22; 3:17; Tit 2:11; He 12:14; 1P 3:11; 2P 1:5.
[12] Dt 26:3, 17; Ps 63:8; Pv 3:18; So 3:4; Is 44:5; Zc 10:5; Lk 12:8; Ro 8:28; 9:23; 10:9; 1Co 9:25; 2Co 6:7; 10:3; Ep 6:10; Php 3:12; Col 3:15; 1Th 2:12; 5:8; 2Th 2:14; 1Ti 1:18; 6:13, 19; 2Ti 1:9; 4:7; He 3:14; 6:18; 13:23; 1P 3:9; 5:10; 1Jn 2:25; Rv 3:3.
[13] Dt 32:39; 1S 2:6; Mt 27:11; Jn 5:21, 26; 14:6, 25; 18:36; 19:11; Ac 17:25; 1Ti 5:21; Rv 1:5; 3:14; 21:6; 22:1.
[14] 1Ch 28:9, 20; So 4:7; 1Co 1:8; Ep 5:27; Php 1:6, 10; 2:15; Col 1:22; 4:17; 1Th 3:13; 5:23; 2Th 2:1; 1Ti 4:11; 6:20; 2Ti 4:1; Tit 2:13; He 9:14, 28; 1P 1:7, 19; 2P 3:14; 1Jn 3:2; Jde 1:24; Rv 1:7.
[15] Ezr 7:12; Ps 47:2; 83:18; Pv 8:15; Jr 10:10; 46:18; Dn 2:44; 4:34; Mt 6:13; 1Ti 1:11, 17; Rv 17:14; 19:16.
[16] Ex 3:14; 33:20; Dt 32:40; Ps 90:2; 104:2; Is 57:15; Hab 3:4; Jn 1:18; 6:46; 8:58; 14:9; Ro 16:25; Ep 3:21; Php 4:20; Col 1:15; 1Ti 1:17; He 13:8; 1Jn 1:5; Jde 1:25; Rv 1:6, 8, 16, 17; 4:11; 7:12; 21:3; 22:5.

and wherefore to admonish the rich.

17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

[17] Gn 13:2; Dt 6:10; 8:17; 33:15; 2Ch 26:16; 32:25; Jb 1:1; 31:24; Ps 10:3; 52:7; 62:8, 10; 73:5; 84:11; 104:28; 118:8; Pv 11:28; 23:5; 27:24; 30:9; Ec 5:13, 18; Jr 2:31; 9:23; 17:7; Ezk 16:49, 56; Dn 4:30; 5:19; Ho 13:6; Hab 1:15; Mt 6:32; 19:23; 27:57; Mk 10:24; Lk 12:15; 19:2, 9; Ac 14:27; 17:25; Ro 11:20; Ep 5:5; Col 3:16; 1Th 1:9; 1Ti 1:3; 3:15; 4:10; 5:21; 6:13; Tit 3:6; Jm 1:9; Rv 18:6.
[18] Dt 15:7; 2Ch 24:16; Ps 37:3; 112:9; Pv 11:24; Ec 3:12; 11:1, 6; Is 32:8; 58:7; Lk 6:33, 35; 12:21; 14:12; Ac 2:44; 4:34; 9:36; 10:38; 11:29; Ro 12:8, 13; 1Co 16:2; 2Co 8:1, 9, 12; 9:6; Ga 6:10; Php 4:18; 1Ti 5:10; Tit 2:14; 3:8; He 13:16; Jm 2:5; 1P 3:11; 1Jn 3:17; 3Jn 1:11.
[19] Ps 17:14; Pv 10:25; 31:25; Mt 6:19; 10:41; 19:21; 25:34; Lk 6:48; 12:33; 16:9, 25; 18:2, 22; Ga 5:6; 6:8; Ep 3:17; Php 3:14; 1Ti 6:12; 2Ti 2:19; 1P 1:4.

To keep the purity of true doctrine, and to avoid profane janglings.

20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane [and] vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace [be] with thee. Amen. [[[The first to Timothy was written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana.]]]

[20] Ac 17:18, 21; Ro 1:22; 3:2; 1Co 1:19; 2:6; 3:19; Col 2:8, 18; 2Th 1:4; 2:15; 1Ti 1:4, 6, 11; 4:7; 6:4, 11, 14; 2Ti 1:13; 2:1; 3:14; Tit 1:4, 9, 14; 3:9; Rv 3:3.
[21] Mt 6:13; Ro 1:7; 16:20, 24; 1Ti 1:6, 19; 6:10; 2Ti 2:18; 4:22; Tit 3:15; He 10:1; 13:25.


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